The most-admired planning barristers 2020

The most-admired planning barristers 2020

The highest rated planning barristers with track records of established excellence are showcased in our annual survey, along with rising talent among planning juniors and those aged under 35.

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Coronavirus: Planning's live coverage

Coronavirus: Planning's live coverage

With the coronavirus likely to have far-reaching impacts on the planning system, click through to keep up to date with all the latest planning-related news on the crisis.

The highest-rated planning law firms and individual solicitors 2020

The highest-rated planning law firms and individual solicitors 2020

We profile the most admired law firms, council legal departments and individual solicitors, and reveal widespread growth at the biggest firms

The implications of government proposals to speed up planning: The Planning briefing

The implications of government proposals to speed up planning: The Planning briefing

We examine measures promised by ministers for the planning White Paper. By David Blackman.

Law allowing ministers to permit 'virtual' planning committee meetings is passed

Law allowing ministers to permit 'virtual' planning committee meetings is passed

An emergency law that would allow councils to hold virtual planning committee meetings in response to the coronavirus outbreak has received royal assent, but secondary legislation is required before such measures can come into force.


Leading law firms report solicitor growth in 2020 Planning Law Survey

Leading law firms report solicitor growth in 2020 Planning Law Survey

The majority of the 25 biggest planning law firms have reported year-on-year growth in the number of qualified solicitors they employ, according to this year's Planning Law Survey, which also shows that Pinsent Masons continues to have the most planning solicitors and partners.

Enfield gives green light to 2,300-home Meridian Waters second phase

Enfield gives green light to 2,300-home Meridian Waters second phase

A north London council has granted itself permission for the 2,300-home second phase of one of the capital’s largest redevelopment schemes.

Councils should continue plan consultation during Covid-19 crisis, says PAS

Councils should continue plan consultation during Covid-19 crisis, says PAS

Councils should continue consultation on their local plans and avoid withdrawing them as a result of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new advice.

10 key things that happened last week

10 key things that happened last week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including that the government has said in a letter to local authorities' chief planning officers that plan-making and planning decision-taking should continue during the coronavirus pandemic, albeit sometimes to extended deadlines.

Why councils may struggle to meet the government's new local plan deadline

Why councils may struggle to meet the government's new local plan deadline

Some practitioners say the government's latest December 2023 deadline for local plan adoption is an ambitious target that, given the slow progress of plan production to date, will be a challenge for many councils to meet. However, other observers say it should be achievable given the timescale.

How housing need assessment might change

How housing need assessment might change

The housing ministry has proposed a shake-up of its standard method of assessing housing need. Commentators say this has been prompted by ministers' concerns about the loss of green belt and greenfield land, but opinions differ as to how radical the changes might be.

Ministers say Sadiq Khan's housing record is 'deeply disappointing'. What does the data say?

Ministers say Sadiq Khan's housing record is 'deeply disappointing'. What does the data say?

In February, before the coronavirus made electioneering in the capital a less urgent priority, London mayor Sadiq Khan put out a press release. It revealed statistics showing that he was on course to meet his affordable housing target this year – to see work started on 17,000 affordable homes. If he achieves it, it will be the first time in four years he has come close to that kind of level.

Efforts to keep the system moving through the pandemic are essential, by Richard Garlick

Efforts to keep the system moving through the pandemic are essential, by Richard Garlick

As we went to press, strenuous efforts were being made to keep the planning system moving in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

How organisations are trying to keep the planning system moving during the pandemic

How organisations are trying to keep the planning system moving during the pandemic

The planning system is experiencing extreme disruption as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, but ministers,councils and developers’ agents are looking at innovative solutions to overcome the challenges thrown up by the crisis.

How the coronavirus' impact on development activity might affect councils and applicants

How the coronavirus' impact on development activity might affect councils and applicants

The secondary impact of the coronavirus is economic, prompting fears of a significant hiatus in planning and development activity and what that might mean for planning departments and applicants. In particular, government rules designed to ensure authorities deal with applications promptly and ensure the delivery of housing have the potential to penalise authorities hit by a coronavirus-inspired cut in activity.

Local Plan Watch: Covid-19 outbreak causes delay to consultations and examination hearings

Local Plan Watch: Covid-19 outbreak causes delay to consultations and examination hearings

Rutland, Chiltern and South Bucks and North Hertfordshire are among the first set of local plans to face immediate delays due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Need to Know: Planning changes in pipeline to support freeport status

Need to Know: Planning changes in pipeline to support freeport status

Why is the government proposing to set up freeports in the UK and what changes to planning rules are envisaged to help them function effectively? By Robbie Owen.

How planning shaped: Princes Dock

How planning shaped: Princes Dock

The plans and the decisions that have steered the Liverpool site.

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