Why a county council is poised to take over production of a district's local plan

Why a county council is poised to take over production of a district's local plan

Ministers have warned an Oxfordshire district council considering ditching its long-emerging development plan that it may ask the county council to intervene. Obervers believe some form of intervention is likely, with the county saying it is willing to step in, despite resource concerns.

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What the new London Plan's housing targets will mean for boroughs' housing land supplies

What the new London Plan's housing targets will mean for boroughs' housing land supplies

Higher London Plan housing targets are set to result in almost half of the capital's boroughs lacking the required five-year land supply, according to exclusive new research, though earlier even higher draft targets would have seen two-thirds of London councils fall short.

How the withdrawal agreement makes it easier for UK courts to overturn EU planning case law

How the withdrawal agreement makes it easier for UK courts to overturn EU planning case law

A clause in the current withdrawal agreement bill would allow all UK courts to diverge from European case law, which legal experts say could have major implications for planning and prompt legal uncertainty.

Neighbourhood Watch: Parish plan proposes removing six sites from green belt

Neighbourhood Watch: Parish plan proposes removing six sites from green belt

A parish council in Hertfordshire has expressed confidence in proposals in its emerging neighbourhood plan to remove six sites from the green belt for development, after a planning inspector questioned whether it has the right to do so.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a Kent council faces having its local plan found unsound after refusing to comply with a planning inspector's request to withdraw it from examination.


How we did it: Securing permission for a new town

How we did it: Securing permission for a new town

An unusual three-stage application has been key to securing permission for the 6,500-home town, writes Colin Marrs.

Need to know: Environmental planning commitments versus reality

Need to know: Environmental planning commitments versus reality

Breaches of commitments can go unnoticed, and there is a widespread disconnect between promises made in planning and outcomes. By Dominic Woodfield.

Legal Viewpoint: No magic bullets but plenty of freedom on green belt review

Legal Viewpoint: No magic bullets but plenty of freedom on green belt review

The High Court challenge on the Guildford Local Plan, heard by Sir Duncan Ouseley QC at the end of 2019, crystallises justifications for plan-led green belt release where there is political will to meet housing needs.

Why knocking down more homes would help save the planet, by Chris Brown

Why knocking down more homes would help save the planet, by Chris Brown

Is it time to knock down all our old houses? Our old buildings are leaky, expensive to heat and destroying the planet. We can build new homes that are close to zero carbon to run and cost next to nothing to heat.

What the profession can learn from Dominic Cummings' team of 'unusual' people, by Euan Mills

What the profession can learn from Dominic Cummings' team of 'unusual' people, by Euan Mills

One day before Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed by an American drone, Dominic Cummings, the special adviser to the Prime Minister, published a job advert on his personal blog inviting applications from "an unusual set of people" to help address "some profound problems at the core of how the state makes decisions".

Go-ahead for 2,300-home Staffs power station redevelopment

Go-ahead for 2,300-home Staffs power station redevelopment

Two Staffordshire councils have approved plans for a 2,300-home development on a 139-hectare former power station site, in line with recommendations from planners in both authorities.

Raynsford warns that PD rights 'corroding' planners' morale in new report

Raynsford warns that PD rights 'corroding' planners' morale in new report

Former housing minister Nick Raynsford has warned that residential permitted development (PD) rights have 'corroded' the morale of planners while English planning "remains in crisis" in an update to his wide-ranging review of the effectiveness of the system.

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