Local elections: Changes in council control that are likely to impact on planning - results so far

Local elections: Changes in council control that are likely to impact on planning - results so far

A number of councils around the country are likely to change control following yesterday's local elections, which is set to impact on planning and development in those areas. Below we highlight the key results as they come in as well as the overall picture.

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Members' petition calls for overhaul of City of London planning committee due to 'conflicts of interest' and ‘bad decisions’

Members' petition calls for overhaul of City of London planning committee due to 'conflicts of interest' and ‘bad decisions’

Four City of London councillors have launched a petition accusing the corporation's planning committee of a series of "bad planning decisions" caused by "conflicts of interest" that has resulted in consents for "ever taller buildings which blight neighbouring properties and degrade heritage assets".

Businessman handed suspended eight-month jail sentence for ignoring planning breach court orders

Businessman handed suspended eight-month jail sentence for ignoring planning breach court orders

A businessman and traveller whose unlawful caravan encampment infuriated an affluent Cheshire village has been handed a suspended eight-month prison sentence for his "repeated disobedience" in breaching a council injunction and other court orders.

Go-ahead for 1,000 north London build-to-rent homes despite affordable housing and amenity space shortfalls

Go-ahead for 1,000 north London build-to-rent homes despite affordable housing and amenity space shortfalls

A north London council has approved plans for over 1,000 build-to-rent homes in two separate schemes, despite both developments 'falling short' of local planning policy on both affordable housing provision and amenity space.

May 6 neighbourhood plan referendum results - as they come in

May 6 neighbourhood plan referendum results - as they come in

Following the suspension of all referenda and elections last spring due to the coronavirus restrictions, dozens of neighbourhood plan referenda were held yesterday (Thursday 6 May 2021). Find the results below as they come in.


Prince Charles 'faces bruising planning row over Lambeth County Court development'

Prince Charles 'faces bruising planning row over Lambeth County Court development'

A report suggesting that HRH the Prince of Wales could be facing a “bruising planning row” with well-to-do south London residents near the site of a development proposed by his property company leads today’s media round-up.

The planning measures we can expect in next week's Queen's Speech

The planning measures we can expect in next week's Queen's Speech

The announcement of a new planning bill to implement some of the key proposals in last summer’s planning white paper is expected to feature in the Queen's Speech next week, according to reports. However, observers believe the housing ministry will struggle to develop the necessary details so that the bill is ready for publication later this year and are sceptical that the proposed new infrastructure levy will be included in it.

Why an inspector's refusal of tiny permitted development flats on size grounds sets a precedent for decision-makers

Why an inspector's refusal of tiny permitted development flats on size grounds sets a precedent for decision-makers

A planning inspector's dismissal of plans to convert a chip ship into three tiny flats under permitted development (PD) rights because they would be too small to constitute housing is the first refusal on such grounds at appeal, say experts. The case, they say, sets a precedent that should in future help councils to reject similarly under-sized housing plans.

How new PD rights for commercial and public buildings, ports and statues change the system: the Planning Briefing

How new PD rights for commercial and public buildings, ports and statues change the system: the Planning Briefing

Planners foresee plenty of interest in the new rights, and councils should be prepared for a flurry of applications in August.

Legal Viewpoint: Take notice of strict rules on levy liability timescales

Legal Viewpoint: Take notice of strict rules on levy liability timescales

A recent High Court decision on a case from Hertfordshire is a reminder to both developers and local planning authorities that following the precise letter of the law is paramount when it comes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

How to meet the challenges posed by polarisation of local politics, by Catriona Riddell

How to meet the challenges posed by polarisation of local politics, by Catriona Riddell

As we await the results of this year’s local elections, the increased use of digital technology has widened the debate around some very complex issues, but also made the debate increasingly polarised.

Key developers to speak at National Planning Summit 2021

Key developers to speak at National Planning Summit 2021

Directors and senior leaders from developers including Urban Splash, Lovell Partnerships, and Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, will speak at Planning’s virtual national conference on 18-19 May.

Shortlist announced for 2021 Planning Awards

Shortlist announced for 2021 Planning Awards

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Planning Awards, which recognise outstanding work by councils, consultants, developers, lawyers, voluntary groups and other important players in the UK planning system

Catch up on our new webinar on the future of town centres

Catch up on our new webinar on the future of town centres

Planners, developers and lawyers examine the likely impact on town centres of a changing planning environment and evolving market demand in a free Planning webinar which is now available on-demand.

Britain's best planning lawyers and biggest planning law firms

Britain's best planning lawyers and biggest planning law firms

This year’s Planning Law Survey features new names at the top of the lists of the most admired QCs, the top-rated planning junior barristers and highest-regarded juniors under the age of 35.

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