Drop plans to free developers to demolish offices for homes, says Raynsford review

Drop plans to free developers to demolish offices for homes, says Raynsford review

The government should drop its proposal to extend permitted development to the demolition and rebuilding of office and commercial buildings, according to a review of the planning system led by former planning minister Nick Raynsford.

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Over 2,000 English villages 'overlooked for homes due to outdated assessment criteria'

Over 2,000 English villages 'overlooked for homes due to outdated assessment criteria'

Council assessments which measure how suitable villages are for expansion as part of the local plan process are based on criteria 'more akin to how previous generations lived and used services', meaning many villages that could be suitable for development are overlooked, a report has said.

Planning inspector rejects Gladman's 245-home urban extension appeal

Planning inspector rejects Gladman's 245-home urban extension appeal

A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal by land promoter Gladman against the decision of an Oxfordshire council to refuse permission for 245 homes on the edge of Reading.

First solar farm nationally significant infrastructure project application submitted

First solar farm nationally significant infrastructure project application submitted

An application for the first solar park to be dealt with through the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).

Farmer fails in High Court challenge against discharge of barn conversion noise condition

Farmer fails in High Court challenge against discharge of barn conversion noise condition

A Warwickshire farmer has failed in a High Court effort to overturn a council's decision to discharge a planning condition stipulating that the developer of a neighbouring barn conversion must install acoustic fencing to prevent possible noise complaints from future residents of the property.


How the restored ability to pool developer contributions could boost regeneration

How the restored ability to pool developer contributions could boost regeneration

Removing a ban on combining five or more section 106 planning gain payments to pay for infrastructure will allow councils to speed up delivery on large strategic sites, experts predict.

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

Proposals for a new use class merging shops, financial services and restaurants could mean local authority planners losing control over town centre development, observers fear.

Why councils are approving schemes that the courts later block because of daylight impact

Why councils are approving schemes that the courts later block because of daylight impact

A court judgment that found committee members were "misled" by an officer on daylight guidance when considering plans for a new hotel shows that council planners can find it difficult to interpret the rules in this complex area, say observers.

How we did it: Delegating decisions to a town council

How we did it: Delegating decisions to a town council

Minor applications can now be decided by a town council in Lincolnshire, Colin Marrs reports.

Policy Summary: Government seeks views on compulsory shale gas scheme pre-application consultation

Policy Summary: Government seeks views on compulsory shale gas scheme pre-application consultation

POLICY: Compulsory community pre-application consultation for shale gas development.

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