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Plans for new prisons in Yorkshire and Wales announced by government

Plans for new prisons in Yorkshire and Wales announced by government

The government has announced that it is to submit planning applications for two new prisons at sites in Yorkshire and south Wales as part of its plans to create 10,000 new prison places across the country by 2020.

Judge quashes council's small sites policy but sympathises over 'constant changes' in national policy

Judge quashes council's small sites policy but sympathises over 'constant changes' in national policy

A judge has quashed a North Yorkshire local authority's interim policy for affordable housing contributions, including its policy relating to affordable housing contributions for small sites, but has recognised the difficulties facing councils 'assailed by constant changes in the legislative regime and national policy'.

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Why planning is at the heart of devolution deal disputes

Why planning is at the heart of devolution deal disputes

As the horse-trading necessary to bring into effect the government's devolution deals for English cities continues, planning is emerging as a bone of contention.

How we did it: Making the case for green belt release

How we did it: Making the case for green belt release

Cooperation was key to approval of plans for a hi-tech manufacturing complex in the South Yorkshire green belt, says John Geoghegan.

Why a Yorkshire council approved the first UK fracking project for five years

Why a Yorkshire council approved the first UK fracking project for five years

A decision on controversial plans to frack for shale gas in North Yorkshire was made outside a new government target for determining fracking applications, after the local planning authority and applicant negotiated an extension for the application of the proposal.

How we did it: Realising green vision for urban spaces

How we did it: Realising green vision for urban spaces

An urban park in Sheffield offers breathing space for the local community and a quality setting for both new and refurbished homes. Susie Sell reports.


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