How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

Proposals for a new use class merging shops, financial services and restaurants could mean local authority planners losing control over town centre development, observers fear.

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Why councils are approving schemes that the courts later block because of daylight impact

Why councils are approving schemes that the courts later block because of daylight impact

A court judgment that found committee members were "misled" by an officer on daylight guidance when considering plans for a new hotel shows that council planners can find it difficult to interpret the rules in this complex area, say observers.

How the restored ability to pool developer contributions could boost regeneration

How the restored ability to pool developer contributions could boost regeneration

Removing a ban on combining five or more section 106 planning gain payments to pay for infrastructure will allow councils to speed up delivery on large strategic sites, experts predict.

Oxfordshire council fails in High Court effort to block village homes

Oxfordshire council fails in High Court effort to block village homes

An Oxfordshire council has failed in a High Court challenge to block plans for a housing development on the edge of a village after a judge rejected its arguments that an inspector had ignored critical parts of its emerging local plan.

Programme aimed at boosting council planning skills seeks new applicants

Programme aimed at boosting council planning skills seeks new applicants

A programme that seeks to boost planning skills in local authorities is looking for applicants for its next round of recruitment, it has announced.


10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that consultancy GVA following is being acquired by a Canadian firm.

Green light for 420-home Wolverhampton 'urban village'

Green light for 420-home Wolverhampton 'urban village'

Plans have been approved for 420 homes on a 12-hectare site at Bilston, south east of Wolverhampton, after planners advised that the scheme was in line with local planning policy and 'would respect local character'.

How we did it: Delegating decisions to a town council

How we did it: Delegating decisions to a town council

Minor applications can now be decided by a town council in Lincolnshire, Colin Marrs reports.

Briefing: What new viability assessment guidance will mean for practitioners

Briefing: What new viability assessment guidance will mean for practitioners

Robust analysis of costs and policy requirements will be required to comply with the guidance, says Clare Plant.

Legal Viewpoint: When historic use weighs heavier than character

Legal Viewpoint: When historic use weighs heavier than character

A High Court judgment this summer raised a key issue over the relevance of character and appearance when assessing the impact of proposed development on conservation areas.

CIL Watch: Report highlights over £443 million of unspent CIL cash

CIL Watch: Report highlights over £443 million of unspent CIL cash

Over £443 million of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts have remained unspent by local authorities over the past three and a half years, according to a report.

Policy Summary: Government seeks views on compulsory shale gas scheme pre-application consultation

Policy Summary: Government seeks views on compulsory shale gas scheme pre-application consultation

POLICY: Compulsory community pre-application consultation for shale gas development.

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