Shale test drilling PD right should consider contamination and involve public consultation, MHCLG suggests

Shale test drilling PD right should consider contamination and involve public consultation, MHCLG suggests

A new permitted development right for shale gas test drilling should take into account contamination impacts and potentially involve public consultation, the government has suggested in a consultation launched today.

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TfL calls for scrapping of PD rights for 'cluttering' telephone kiosks

TfL calls for scrapping of PD rights for 'cluttering' telephone kiosks

Mayoral body Transport for London (TfL) says it intends to lobby Whitehall to remove permitted development (PD) rights for telephone kiosks, which it describes as "street clutter" in its new walking action plan.

Go-ahead for 59-hectare Nottinghamshire quarry extension on unallocated site

Go-ahead for 59-hectare Nottinghamshire quarry extension on unallocated site

Plans have been approved for a 59-hectare extension to an existing quarry in Nottinghamshire despite the site not being allocated in the area's local plan for mineral extraction.

2018 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist revealed

2018 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist revealed

Reports that a lecture theatre in Oxford, a kindergarten in Cambridge and a prayer hall in a Jewish cemetery are among the shortlist for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture feature in today's newspaper round-up.


Why Greater Manchester authorities have again delayed publication of their revised spatial framework

Why Greater Manchester authorities have again delayed publication of their revised spatial framework

Revised population projections and prospects of a lower housing need requirement for the Greater Manchester conurbation are behind the decision to delay consultation on a second version of the area's strategic framework until the autumn, say observers.

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How authorities are aiming to save town centres

Town centres are struggling as major retailers close stores and shoppers stay away. But planning authorities are fighting back by allowing more variety, reports Mark Wilding

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What Kit Malthouse's appointment as housing minister means for planning

What Kit Malthouse's appointment as housing minister means for planning

Amid widespread discontent over the rapid turnover of housing ministers under Theresa May's administration, the latest incumbent to take on the post is a strong advocate of local control over planning matters with long experience of local government.

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