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National Planning Summit: Minister says planning system is delivering

National Planning Summit: Minister says planning system is delivering

A skills crisis across the construction sector is the biggest current challenge for developers, rather than the operation of the planning system, planning minister Brandon Lewis said today.

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National Planning Summit: Lyons defends PINS local plan intervention powers

National Planning Summit: Lyons defends PINS local plan intervention powers

The author of the Labour party's review into boosting housing supply has defended a proposal to give the Planning Inspectorate powers to step in and take over the drawing up of local plans in councils fail to do so.

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National Planning Summit: Inspector says councils are 'struggling' with strategic role

National Planning Summit: Inspector says councils are 'struggling' with strategic role

Local authorities are 'still struggling with the notion that they are now responsible for strategic planning', a senior planning inspector has said at the second annual National Planning Summit.

National Planning Summit: Planning 'in pretty tough place'

National Planning Summit: Planning 'in pretty tough place'

Planning is under threat in England, the speed of cuts to local authorities must be halted, and the next government must 'tackle the green belt', a panel of experts told the National Planning Summit.

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National Planning Summit: Panel member presses further housing standards change

The government could remain under pressure to introduce further mandatory standards governing the design of new homes, the National Planning Summit heard today.

National Planning Summit: Duty to cooperate 'requires greater democratic input'

Some councils are failing to involve their elected members in cross-boundary 'duty to cooperate' work on local plans at an early enough stage, a council planning chief has warned.

National Planning Summit: Release of viability data 'could speed planning process'

National Planning Summit: Release of viability data 'could speed planning process'

The release of viability assessment information would on balance be a positive step that could help reduce the time taken to reach agreements, a partner at consultancy Deloitte Real Estate has told the National Planning Summit.

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National Planning Summit: Expert predicts housing and fracking DCOs

National Planning Summit: Expert predicts housing and fracking DCOs

Major housing development and shale-gas extraction schemes could soon be included on the list of acceptable Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), according to an infrastructure law expert.

National Planning Summit: Question of green belt reviews 'will have to be addressed'

National Planning Summit: Question of green belt reviews 'will have to be addressed'

The question of green belt reviews 'will have to be addressed' by local authorities, the chairman of the Planning Officers Society has told the National Planning Summit.

National Planning Summit: London borough to introduce 50% affordable housing requirement

National Planning Summit: London borough to introduce 50% affordable housing requirement

A London borough is to introduce a 50 per cent affordable housing requirement based on a 'dynamic viability model' derived from an annual analysis of the state of the property market, its head of spatial planning has said.

National Planning Summit: Strategic approach advised to boost quality of places

Planners can have most effect on improving place quality by working on a strategic scale, design expert David Waterhouse told the National Planning Summit.

National Planning Summit: NSIP rules need further tweaks

A lack of opportunity for housing and retail-led Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) could be limiting developers' interest in pursuing the planning route for their schemes, an infrastructure expert has said.

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