New green belt and housing delivery guidance included in PPG updates

New green belt and housing delivery guidance included in PPG updates

The government has published a raft of updates to its Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), including new sections on green belt, housing supply and delivery, and effective land use.

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New green belt guidance includes advice on openness and 'compensatory improvements'

New green belt guidance includes advice on openness and 'compensatory improvements'

Visual impact and the amount of traffic to be generated are among the issues that should be considered when assessing how new development impacts on the openness of the green belt, according to new planning guidance published yesterday.

Advice on planning for high densities and reallocating sites in new 'effective land use' guidance

Advice on planning for high densities and reallocating sites in new 'effective land use' guidance

Advice on how planners can assess when land should be "reallocated for a more deliverable use" and how to assess "appropriate levels of sunlight and daylight" in high-density developments is included in new planning guidance, published by the government yesterday.

New housing supply guidance outlines evidence required to define 'deliverable' sites

New housing supply guidance outlines evidence required to define 'deliverable' sites

New planning guidance published yesterday has set out the evidence that may be provided to support the inclusion of sites within a local authority's five year housing land supply.

Rural and student housing advice included in new guidance on meeting needs for 'different groups'

Rural and student housing advice included in new guidance on meeting needs for 'different groups'

Blanket planning policies restricting housing development in some types of rural settlement "will need to be supported by robust evidence", new planning guidance on the "housing needs of different groups" advises.


What Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister could mean for planning

What Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister could mean for planning

Johnson's record as London mayor and his pronouncements in his newspaper column indicate a favourable attitude towards the development sector and boosting housing supply. However, he has also voiced support for minimum space standards and build for rent and expressed concerns about industrial-to-residential permitted development rights.

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Interim recommendations by the government's design quality commission would place "beauty" at the heart of the planning system. Commentators expect the new Prime Minister to take forward the agenda, but suggest that under-resourced councils might struggle to push for higher design standards.

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

A Berkshire council's attempt to secure the backing of local residents to depart from the government's standard housing need method in its new local plan is unlikely to cut any ice with planning inspectors, say observers.

How joint strategic plans are progressing across England, and the obstacles that they face

How joint strategic plans are progressing across England, and the obstacles that they face

A new generation of sub-regional strategic plans are being prepared in five different areas of England. But their progress faces a number of hurdles, Adam Branson finds.

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Planners will need to become familiarised with key design principles when assessing proposals, say David Birkbeck and Dr Stefan Kruczkowski.

The public needs to see that the standard method is free from political tinkering, by Richard Garlick

The public needs to see that the standard method is free from political tinkering, by Richard Garlick

Plenty of planning authorities will be finding the figures generated by the government's standard method for assessing housing need uncomfortably large.

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