Government announces £600m infrastructure funding to unlock 50,000 new homes

Government announces £600m infrastructure funding to unlock 50,000 new homes

The government has approved £600 million of infrastructure funding for five projects in London, Essex and Bedfordshire, which it says will allow plans for 50,000 new homes to proceed.

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Councils report staffing boost from fee increase, PAS survey finds

Councils report staffing boost from fee increase, PAS survey finds

Last year's increase in planning application fees has allowed councils to add an average of just over one permanent staff member each, according to a survey carried out by the Local Government Association's Planning Advisory Service (PAS).

Go-ahead for 65-hectare employment park on former Birmingham green belt site

Go-ahead for 65-hectare employment park on former Birmingham green belt site

Plans have been approved for a 65-hectare employment park on a former green belt site on the northern edge of Birmingham, despite a recognition that the scheme would have a "direct, permanent, adverse effect" on the landscape.

Plans approved for Lancashire energy from waste plant

Plans approved for Lancashire energy from waste plant

Plans have been approved for an energy from waste plant in Lancashire, in line with a recommendation from planners who advised that the scheme would provide electricity to power over 60,000 homes.

Labour announces plans to allow councils to take over empty shops

Labour announces plans to allow councils to take over empty shops

Reports that the Labour party has announced plans to "give local authorities the power to take over properties that have been vacant for at least 12 months in a bid to rejuvenate the country's struggling high streets" feature in today's newspaper round-up.


Has the government's special measures regime accelerated local authority decision-making?

Has the government's special measures regime accelerated local authority decision-making?

How successful has the government's special measures regime been in speeding up local authority decision-making, Mark Wilding asks.

Four new biodiversity net gain duties for councils and developers

Four new biodiversity net gain duties for councils and developers

The government's response to a consultation on biodiversity net gain proposals outlines a number of new requirements for local authorities and applicants in an effort to make sure future development improves the natural environment.

How a court ruling on prior approval timescales puts pressure on decision-makers

How a court ruling on prior approval timescales puts pressure on decision-makers

A High Court ruling that councils do not have the power to extend prior approval decision deadlines is likely to see authorities put under pressure to determine such matters in a timely fashion, say observers.

Big permissions: Large consents granted since January 1, 2019

Big permissions: Large consents granted since January 1, 2019

Planning's at-a-glance guide to the major housing, retail, industrial, commercial and leisure consents given so far this year.

Neighbourhood Watch: Three more plans rejected at the polls

Neighbourhood Watch: Three more plans rejected at the polls

Three neighbourhood plans have failed to secure the backing of local residents in the last two months, bringing the total number of plans rejected at referenda to six.

The trouble with England's first joint strategic plan

The trouble with England's first joint strategic plan

A decision by planning inspectors examining a joint strategic plan (JSP) produced by four councils in the west of England could have far-reaching implications for development in the four areas as well as nationally.

The issues on which the government planning review is set to focus

The issues on which the government planning review is set to focus

Yet another review of planning rules has been promised by the new Prime Minister. Some influential figures within his Cabinet are backing radical change, but his own track record does not suggest a willingness to let the market rip.

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