Reducing scope to change local plans during examination would help accelerate the process, says PINS chief

Reducing scope to change local plans during examination would help accelerate the process, says PINS chief

Changing local plan examinations to allow "less scope for making significant changes" to submitted plans during the process would help to ensure compliance with the government's proposed new nine-month limit on such inquiries, the Planning Inspectorate's (PINS) local plans chief has said.

Coventry council rejects high-rise scheme for up to 731 homes against officer advice

Coventry council rejects high-rise scheme for up to 731 homes against officer advice

Coventry City Council planning committee has rejected an officer’s recommendation to delegate the granting of planning permission for a proposed 731-home mixed development which lacked affordable housing, and has instead voted unanimously to reject it.

Reducing scope to change local plans during examination would help accelerate the process, says PINS chief

Reducing scope to change local plans during examination would help accelerate the process, says PINS chief

Changing local plan examinations to allow "less scope for making significant changes" to submitted plans during the process would help to ensure compliance with the government's proposed new nine-month limit on such inquiries, the Planning Inspectorate's (PINS) local plans chief has said.

Ten key things that happened this week

Ten key things that happened this week

A round-up of the most important planning developments from the past seven days, including news of a big financial penalty for a developer that breached community infrastructure levy rules.

UK faces ‘biggest biggest population fall since Second World War’

UK faces ‘biggest biggest population fall since Second World War’

News of demographic changes leads our round-up of today's newspapers and other media outlets


Read the January edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

Read the January edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

Please click through to read this month's Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook.

Letter: The new standard method has more to do with politics than evidence

Letter: The new standard method has more to do with politics than evidence

The new standard method for measuring housing need is getting a very bad press. Developers, lawyers and planners alike – people who normally disagree about everything – are united in condemning it.

What the government's housing need assessment means for the areas subject to higher requirement levels

What the government's housing need assessment means for the areas subject to higher requirement levels

The vast majority of the 52 local authorities that will have to apply a new 35 per cent uplift to their housing need levels under the revised standard method will be subject to figures far in excess of their recent delivery levels. Meeting such an increased need will be a challenge say observers and risks some areas failing the government's housing delivery test.

The implications of the government's housing need assessment for councils not subject to the new uplift

The implications of the government's housing need assessment for councils not subject to the new uplift

The government's announcement that it will backtrack on plans to radically revise its standard method of assessing housing need means that almost 85 per cent of councils will see their local housing need levels unchanged compared to the existing formula. Commentators say that many English councils have been left with unambitious figures but ministers' change of plan offers them some welcome, though potentially short-lived, stability.

Responses to Planning Law Survey to be completed by 26 January

Responses to Planning Law Survey to be completed by 26 January

Voting forms for Planning’s annual survey of the most well-respected barristers, solicitors and law firms have been sent out to a selected group of developers, planning consultants, local authority planning officers and solicitors.

The biggest planning permissions of the year

The biggest planning permissions of the year

Exclusive list detailing the largest housing, commercial, industrial, retail and leisure schemes granted planning permission in the last twelve months. Includes details of who applied, the local planning authority, date of decisions and the law firms and consultants who acted as professional advisers to either applicant or authority

The biggest planning enforcement penalties of the year

The biggest planning enforcement penalties of the year

As with so much else, Covid-19 has had a major impact on planning enforcement in 2020, with only a handful of cases making it through the courts. However, commentators say that, at local level, planning enforcement complaints have rocketed.

Ten key practice points for planners arising from court judgments handed down this year

Ten key practice points for planners arising from court judgments handed down this year

The 2020 court rulings you most need to know about

The ten 2020 appeal decisions that you most need to know about

The ten 2020 appeal decisions that you most need to know about

Read through for summaries of the ten appeal and call-in decisions from 2020 most frequently downloaded by COMPASS Online subscribers between 1 January and 30 November.

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