Jenrick announces commissioners’ three-year takeover of Liverpool’s planning functions

Jenrick announces commissioners’ three-year takeover of Liverpool’s planning functions

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has directed Liverpool City Council to hand over control of planning and other related functions in the city to independent commissioners - one of which is a chartered town planner - for a three-year period following a highly critical report into the authority's conduct.

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Plans for controversial reservoir approved by second council despite ancient woodland loss

Plans for controversial reservoir approved by second council despite ancient woodland loss

Proposals for a new reservoir, which would result in the loss of 14 hectares of ancient woodland and have the potential to harm species protected under the habitats directive, have been granted planning permission by a second Hampshire council.

Westminster consults on draft ‘climate emergency’ environmental plan that promotes more retrofitting of historic buildings

Westminster consults on draft ‘climate emergency’ environmental plan that promotes more retrofitting of historic buildings

Westminster City Council is consulting on a draft environmental supplementary planning document (SPD) as part of its climate emergency commitments, which includes measures on reducing noise pollution, improving air quality and how developers can retrofit heritage assets to promote energy efficiency.

PINS receives the UK’s first carbon-capture power station applications

PINS receives the UK’s first carbon-capture power station applications

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has received two development consent order applications for new gas-fired power stations in Teesside and Humberside that will capture their own carbon emissions, with one also set to capture emissions from some surrounding industries.

Planning Awards 2021: top award goes to plan for 10,000 homes on an area released from the green belt

Planning Awards 2021: top award goes to plan for 10,000 homes on an area released from the green belt

A neighbourhood plan that is designed to guide the building of 10,000 new homes in an area released from the East Hertfordshire green belt has won the top prize at this year’s Planning Awards, announced online in a virtual ceremony this afternoon.


McDonald's ‘wins planning row with Welsh council over English-only displays’

McDonald's ‘wins planning row with Welsh council over English-only displays’

News of planning victories by hospitality businesses from the very large to the very small lead our roundup of the latest news.

16 key recommendations in the parliamentary report on the government's planning changes

16 key recommendations in the parliamentary report on the government's planning changes

Penalties for developers that fail to build out permissions in time and a national green belt review are among the recommendations in a wide-ranging report on the government's proposed planning changes published by the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee today.

How the government is likely to change environmental assessment rules

How the government is likely to change environmental assessment rules

Proposals to "simplify and enhance" the environmental assessment process are to be included in the upcoming planning bill, the government has confirmed. Observers believe that ministers are considering closer integration of the two current types of environmental assessments, one carried out during plan-making and the other for individual applications, but warn that it could involve more work for local authorities.

How a court ruling promises a legally safe method for mitigating water pollution from housebuilding

How a court ruling promises a legally safe method for mitigating water pollution from housebuilding

A High Court judgment endorsing a government agency's advice that seeks to ensure that new housing schemes in sensitive environmental areas in south Hampshire are nitrate-neutral may help boost development in the area and is likely to have wider implications for other places where the impact of pollution on protected sites is a concern, say commentators.

How to make a success of local design guides, by Graeme Bell

How to make a success of local design guides, by Graeme Bell

As the government starts to encourage local authorities to produce design guides, buy-in from all stakeholders is needed to create more beautiful and locally distinctive places.

Local Plan Watch: Leics council's draft plan includes two urban extensions and boosts annual housing target by 35 per cent

Local Plan Watch: Leics council's draft plan includes two urban extensions and boosts annual housing target by 35 per cent

A Leicestershire local authority has published a draft local plan that includes a housing target more than a third higher than its adopted core strategy and proposes two 3,200-home urban extensions.

Ten spring appeal decisions that you need to know about

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Catch up on our new webinar on the future of town centres

Catch up on our new webinar on the future of town centres

Planners, developers and lawyers examine the likely impact on town centres of a changing planning environment and evolving market demand in a free Planning webinar which is now available on-demand.

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