How new permitted development rights for shops and takeaways will affect councils' town centre management

How new permitted development rights for shops and takeaways will affect councils' town centre management

New regulations on permitted development rights aiming to revive town centres reveal a more rigorous prior approval process than initially envisaged, say observers.

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What new viability guidance means for applicants and authorities

What new viability guidance means for applicants and authorities

Updated guidance on viability has further clarified the way land values are assessed, say practitioners, but will throw up both benefits and challenges for councils and developers.

The implications of allowing neighbourhoods to set their own housing need numbers

The implications of allowing neighbourhoods to set their own housing need numbers

Updated neighbourhood planning guidance that allows plan-making bodies to produce their own housing requirement figure may place burdens on community groups, practitioners fear.

What council declarations of 'climate change emergency' mean for planning

What council declarations of 'climate change emergency' mean for planning

A growing number of UK councils have declared a climate change emergency over the past six months, which is likely to prompt changes to their planning policies, Adam Branson discovers.

Seven things we learned from the National Planning Summit

Seven things we learned from the National Planning Summit

The National Planning Summit, organised by Planning, was held in central London earlier this week. Here are seven key things we learned from the event.


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 Cambridgeshire councillors have resolved to grant outline permission for 6,500 homes on a former military base.

Legal Viewpoint: The exception that proves challenge deadline rule

Legal Viewpoint: The exception that proves challenge deadline rule

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court's decision in the curious case of three temporary marquees on Merseyside, a backdated decision notice and a judicial review of a planning permission granted nearly six years before the claim was issued.

How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

Adopting a more proactive role in protecting heritage led Sefton Council to create a new post to take on the task, Mark Wilding reports.

Local Plan Watch: Number of submitted plans falls since standard method cut-off date

Local Plan Watch: Number of submitted plans falls since standard method cut-off date

The number of local plans being submitted for examination has slowed in the months following the introduction of a requirement for councils to adopt the government's standard methodology for assessing housing need, analysis by Planning has found.

Britain needs new infrastructure to compete, by Graeme Bell

Britain needs new infrastructure to compete, by Graeme Bell

Britain open for business? Who do they think they're kidding? The mere fact that successive governments feel impelled to trot out the mantra betrays the truth.

City growth will always magnify inequality without civic action, by Cliff Hague

City growth will always magnify inequality without civic action, by Cliff Hague

Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.

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