Plans approved for 6,000-home Hampshire garden village

Plans approved for 6,000-home Hampshire garden village

Plans for a 6,000-home garden village have been approved by a Hampshire council after officers advised of "numerous and significant" benefits arising from the scheme.

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Broxtowe adopts green belt release plan despite minister's last-minute letter

Broxtowe adopts green belt release plan despite minister's last-minute letter

A Nottinghamshire council has adopted its local plan in spite of a last-minute letter from the housing minister urging the authority to prioritise brownfield development because of the document's release of green belt land.

Plans submitted for 8km Cumbria link road to unlock 10,000-home garden village

Plans submitted for 8km Cumbria link road to unlock 10,000-home garden village

A planning application has been submitted for a new 8km link road intended to help deliver a 10,000-home garden village scheme in Cumbria.

DfT to publish UK's first Transport Decarbonisation Plan

DfT to publish UK's first Transport Decarbonisation Plan

The Department for Transport (DfT) is preparing the UK's first Transport Decarbonisation Plan "to bring together a bold and ambitious programme of coordinated action needed to end the UK's transport emissions by 2050", it has been announced.

McVey pledges 'planning A-Team' to boost housebuilding

McVey pledges 'planning A-Team' to boost housebuilding

Reports that the housing minister Esther McVey has said that a "planning A-Team" will bring "the ethos of the Eighties TV commando unit to councils to encourage the building of more new homes" features in today's newspaper round-up.


How the 'freedom' to demolish office buildings for new homes would work

How the 'freedom' to demolish office buildings for new homes would work

The government has renewed its plans to allow offices to be demolished and replaced with new homes. But the latest proposals envisage more control over the consent process for councils than previously suggested. Some commentators say this will soften council opposition. But others raise concerns about loss of commercial floorspace and a lack of developer interest.

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

A proposed permitted development right for upward extensions would be subject to prior approval design checks, the government has confirmed. Practitioners say interest in using the right will be strongest in urban areas, but warn that it could generate widespread community objections

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

The High Court has confirmed that local planning authorities do not have the power to extend the determination period for prior approval applications where the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) specifies a deadline for determination.

Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

The yacht lurches, the mooring lines groan, the halyards slap noisily against the mast, rain lashes the pontoon. I write this from the cabin of a yacht on the south coast, storm bound as the last knockings of Hurricane Lorenzo pass through.

How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

Bringing together site promoters and local residents was key to East Hampshire District Council's speedy large sites consultation, writes Mark Wilding.

The urban design elite needs to make better use of data, by Euan Mills

The urban design elite needs to make better use of data, by Euan Mills

Architecture and design are often misconstrued as being the most subjective areas in the shaping of the built environment. Finding consensus on what 'good looks like' has always been challenging.

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