Hampshire councils explore proposal for new Southampton and Portsmouth green belt

Hampshire councils explore proposal for new Southampton and Portsmouth green belt

A partnership of 12 Hampshire local authorities is investigating proposals for the establishment of a new green belt in the south of the county around cities and towns including Southampton and Portsmouth.

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Latest application figures show 11 per cent hike on home approvals

Latest application figures show 11 per cent hike on home approvals

The number of prospective new homes granted planning permission by English councils increased by 11 per cent over the last financial year, according to government figures issued today.

Judge overturns planning approval for estate regeneration scheme over equality concerns

Judge overturns planning approval for estate regeneration scheme over equality concerns

A High Court judge has quashed a planning approval for a controversial estate regeneration scheme in Bath after he concluded that the council had failed to meet statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Henderson to leave TCPA for new National Housing Federation role

Henderson to leave TCPA for new National Housing Federation role

Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) chief executive Kate Henderson has been appointed as the new chief executive of trade body the National Housing Federation (NHF).

How the draft NPPF revisions would change the system: the Planning briefing

How the draft NPPF revisions would change the system: the Planning briefing

Consultation on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) concluded in May. Below we summarise the main changes proposed by the document, and the responses to those proposed changes from key sector organisations.


How a European court ruling that stiffens wildlife safeguards could delay plan-making

How a European court ruling that stiffens wildlife safeguards could delay plan-making

A recent landmark European court ruling on protected wildlife zones could slow local plan-making and further restrict housing supply around these areas, say practitioners.

Why a city council is bringing an outsourced service in-house

Why a city council is bringing an outsourced service in-house

Salford City Council's announcement of plans to end a joint venture providing its development management services highlights uncertainties surrounding local authority outsourcing arrangements, say observers.

Why removal of a funding cap could spark a new generation of development corporations

Why removal of a funding cap could spark a new generation of development corporations

Changes to the regulations allowing locally led new town development corporations should incentivise more authorities to pursue the new powers, say experts, as four Essex councils announce that they are set to create the first such body.

How we did it: Tackling health inequality via planning

How we did it: Tackling health inequality via planning

South Worcestershire Councils has responded to the call to improve public health, says Adam Branson.

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