1,250-home Norwich tower approval prompts Historic England anger

1,250-home Norwich tower approval prompts Historic England anger

Historic England has called for government intervention after Norwich City Council approved plans for a 1,250-home, 20-storey mixed use scheme, which the heritage watchdog warned could cause "severe harm" to the city's character.

Green light for 1,500-home mixed-use scheme on Herts factory site

Green light for 1,500-home mixed-use scheme on Herts factory site

Plans for a mixed-use scheme including almost 1,500 new homes on a former factory site in Welwyn Garden City have been given the green light, despite concerns about parking provision.

North West council considers scaling back green belt release in local plan

North West council considers scaling back green belt release in local plan

St Helens Council has been advised to backtrack on plans to remove a number of sites from the green belt in its emerging local plan, as well as to cut its housing target.

Politicians 'must better explain planning trade-offs and public benefits from development'

Politicians 'must better explain planning trade-offs and public benefits from development'

Politicians must better explain the 'trade-offs' in the planning system and how development can pay for public infrastructure, according to a new report.

The top ten appeal and call-in decisions of 2018

The top ten appeal and call-in decisions of 2018

Appeal decisions on major residential or housing-led mixed developments have caught our subscribers' attention ahead of any other topic in 2018, making up six of the top ten most frequently downloaded cases from DCS Ltd's COMPASS online appeals database this year. The remaining four explored some interesting technical issues.


How a court ruling is poised to help developers amend existing permissions

How a court ruling is poised to help developers amend existing permissions

A High Court judgment could allow developers far greater leeway to amend existing permissions without having to resubmit applications from scratch, observers believe.

Why the latest European Court habitats ruling further raises the bar for planners

Why the latest European Court habitats ruling further raises the bar for planners

The latest European Court ruling on protected habitats indicates that developers and planners should take a broader approach to assessing the impacts of plans and projects on such zones, though experts are divided on the significance of the ruling.

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

The government has responded cautiously to MPs' calls for the public purse to capture more of the land value uplift generated by planning permissions. However, some minor innovations to make the compulsory purchase system more transparent are promised.

Briefing: The implications of the new definition of housing site 'deliverability'

Briefing: The implications of the new definition of housing site 'deliverability'

The government's new definition of housing site 'deliverability' introduces a tough test for councils and developers, says Mike Kiely.

Legal Viewpoint: Illuminating judgment on the display of advertisements

Legal Viewpoint: Illuminating judgment on the display of advertisements

A recent court ruling on a case from west London has clarified the scope of local planning authority powers when serving a discontinuance notice for the removal of illuminated advertisements.

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