Consent for replacement of Home Counties shopping centre with high rise 653-home scheme

Consent for replacement of Home Counties shopping centre with high rise 653-home scheme

Plans have been approved for the demolition of a shopping centre in Berkshire, and its replacement with a 653-home mixed-use development with 50 per cent less retail floorspace and no affordable housing.

Green light for 550 homes on former West Midlands green belt site

Green light for 550 homes on former West Midlands green belt site

Plans have been approved for 550 homes on agricultural land in the West Midlands that was removed from the green belt in the local plan, despite environmental and highway safety concerns.

Two-thirds of the public say that new large-scale development is poor quality, survey finds

Two-thirds of the public say that new large-scale development is poor quality, survey finds

Two out of three people say that the quality of large-scale new communities such as garden cities, new towns and urban extensions, is “poor overall”, according to a new study.

Plans revealed for 4,000-home community on North Yorkshire greenfield site

Plans revealed for 4,000-home community on North Yorkshire greenfield site

Plans are to be drawn up for a new 4,000-home community across a 173-hectare greenfield site in North Yorkshire.

Mayor reverses previous decision not to intervene in Brixton tower approval

Mayor reverses previous decision not to intervene in Brixton tower approval

London mayor Sadiq Khan is stepping in to rule on plans for a controversial 20-storey mixed use tower in south London, reversing his previous decision to let the borough's approval stand.


‘Backlash over lack of green measures’ in Budget

‘Backlash over lack of green measures’ in Budget

Criticisms of the lack of clear government policy to achieve its net-zero goal lead our round-up of today’s news.

Six things you need to know about the 2021 Budget

Six things you need to know about the 2021 Budget

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his Budget this week. Here are six planning-related announcements you need to know about.

The A-Z of planning and infrastructure funding

The A-Z of planning and infrastructure funding

Planning's round-up of key sources of central government support for planning, regeneration and infrastructure provision, including the most recent Budget announcements.

Read our A-Z of planning and infrastructure public funds page-by-page online

Read our A-Z of planning and infrastructure public funds page-by-page online

Please click through to read our Insight Report covering key sources of central government support for planning regeneration and infrastructure provision.

Why some councils are failing to provide any self build housing permissions despite high demand

Why some councils are failing to provide any self build housing permissions despite high demand

Almost one in five English local authorities have failed to issue a single permission for a self or custom build plot more than three years after being legally required to do so, according to new government figures. But some of the councils concerned say they are struggling to find appropriate plots and trying to balance self build requirements with wider housing supply needs.

The lessons to be learned from the quashing of two secretary of state major infrastructure approvals

The lessons to be learned from the quashing of two secretary of state major infrastructure approvals

Two approvals by secretaries of state for an offshore wind farm and an airport redevelopment, against the advice of the examining panels, were overturned in the courts in the space of a week. In both cases, ministers were found to have failed to give adequate reasoning for their decisions. Experts say the growing number of recommended refusals by inspectors and outdated national policy documents increase the risk of consents being challenged.

Local Plan Watch: Newly-merged Dorset council proposes green belt release in first draft plan

Local Plan Watch: Newly-merged Dorset council proposes green belt release in first draft plan

A recently-formed unitary authority in Dorset has published its draft local plan for consultation, setting out a need for more than 30,000 new homes in the area up to 2038 and proposing areas to be released from the green belt.

City-regional authorities can solve the spiralling problems facing skeletal councils, by Graeme Bell

City-regional authorities can solve the spiralling problems facing skeletal councils, by Graeme Bell

As councils now settle their 2021/22 budgets, local planning authorities face an almost impossible task, pared to the bone after thirty years of cuts.

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