Former chief planner reveals concerns about white paper's housing requirement proposals and PD rights

Former chief planner reveals concerns about white paper's housing requirement proposals and PD rights

The former government chief planner has revealed in an interview his concerns about the planning white paper's proposals for "top-down" housing requirements and its "disappointing" lack of detail, his opposition to some permitted development (PD) rights and his backing for reintroducing formal strategic planning structures.

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Don't 'jettison' current planning rules that work for development, Tory mayor urges ministers

Don't 'jettison' current planning rules that work for development, Tory mayor urges ministers

West Midlands Conservative mayor Andy Street has revealed he is a "sceptic" about the government's proposed planning white paper shake-up and has defended the current system, saying it has benefited his area in ways that the proposals could jeopardise.

New standard method 'would allow councils to continue to under-deliver on housing supply'

New standard method 'would allow councils to continue to under-deliver on housing supply'

The government's proposals to revise the standard method for calculating housing need would allow local authorities "who have historically failed to meet need" to "continue planning low numbers of new homes", an analysis by consultancy Savills has concluded.

Permitted development rights 'damaging community wellbeing', report finds

Permitted development rights 'damaging community wellbeing', report finds

Permitted development (PD) rights have produced places that are "unsustainable, unattractive, and damaging to communities’ wellbeing,” a new report by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), has concluded.

Go-ahead for 575-home design code-backed Essex scheme on unallocated site

Go-ahead for 575-home design code-backed Essex scheme on unallocated site

Plans for a 575-home scheme backed by a design code have been granted for a site outside a local plan development boundary in Braintree, after officers advised that the council lacked a five-year housing land supply.


Ministers 'picked pre-election recipients of Towns Fund in Tory seats and marginals'

Ministers 'picked pre-election recipients of Towns Fund in Tory seats and marginals'

Controversy over the role of ministers in disbursing an urban regeneration fund in the run-up to the last general election leads our round-up of today's papers.

Ten important policy and legislation changes to expect this autumn

Ten important policy and legislation changes to expect this autumn

Alterations to the National Planning Policy Framework and permitted development rights are among changes on the horizon.

Five legal verdicts to look out for this autumn

Five legal verdicts to look out for this autumn

Cases due before the courts October-November 2020. Hearing dates may be subject to change.

Ten summer appeal decisions that you need to know about

Ten summer appeal decisions that you need to know about

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Six government infrastructure decisions promised this autumn

Six government infrastructure decisions promised this autumn

Due dates for government decisions on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects before 31.12.20

Why a court judgment should make it easier for councils to seek affordable housing from extra care retirement schemes

Why a court judgment should make it easier for councils to seek affordable housing from extra care retirement schemes

A High Court ruling found that a council was justified in seeking affordable housing contributions from a form of retirement accommodation that includes private homes. Experts say the judgment puts authorities in a stronger position when seeking affordable housing from such schemes but warn that developers of extra care homes are likely to find that it impacts on their viablity.

What the proposed scrapping of the soundness test might mean for local plans

What the proposed scrapping of the soundness test might mean for local plans

Plans to abolish the soundness test that local plans have to pass at examination and replace it with a "slimmed down" sustainable development assessment should help ease the promotion of large-scale settlements, say observers. However, some have raised concerns that it could mean development plans including less deliverable housing sites.

Why ditching the dreaded section 106 negotiations could lead to something even worse for developers, by Joey Gardiner

Why ditching the dreaded section 106 negotiations could lead to something even worse for developers, by Joey Gardiner

The government’s planning white paper proposals to rip up the current system by which developers contribute to the cost of the infrastructure required to support their schemes, and replace it with a nationally set Infrastructure Levy have been greeted with dismay by councils and housing associations.

Three lessons in more effective strategic planning, by Catriona Riddell

Three lessons in more effective strategic planning, by Catriona Riddell

Like most of us in the planning world, I have spent the last two months listening to podcasts and webinars about the planning white paper, hoping that someone will tell me not to worry, it will all come out in the wash.

Neighbourhood Watch: London still lagging with neighbourhood plan activity

Neighbourhood Watch: London still lagging with neighbourhood plan activity

Neighbourhood planning activity in London is still far lower than in other English regions, with eight boroughs remaining neighbourhood planning ‘deserts’, according to research by Planning.

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