'Reverberating effects' of high land prices 'driving down design standards', says think tank

'Reverberating effects' of high land prices 'driving down design standards', says think tank

The 'reverberating effects' of high land prices and the 'impotence of planning departments' in securing good design standards prevents the construction of buildings 'to a level of quality the public expect', a report by a think-tank has said.

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County councils keen to take on strategic planning powers, says survey

County councils keen to take on strategic planning powers, says survey

Almost nine in 10 county councils are keen to take on strategic planning powers, according to a new survey.

Suffolk councils announce online platform to boost planning obligations transparency

Suffolk councils announce online platform to boost planning obligations transparency

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How the draft NPPF revisions would change the system: the Planning briefing

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How a European court ruling that stiffens wildlife safeguards could delay plan-making

How a European court ruling that stiffens wildlife safeguards could delay plan-making

A recent landmark European court ruling on protected wildlife zones could slow local plan-making and further restrict housing supply around these areas, say practitioners.

Why a city council is bringing an outsourced service in-house

Why a city council is bringing an outsourced service in-house

Salford City Council's announcement of plans to end a joint venture providing its development management services highlights uncertainties surrounding local authority outsourcing arrangements, say observers.

Why removal of a funding cap could spark a new generation of development corporations

Why removal of a funding cap could spark a new generation of development corporations

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How we did it: Tackling health inequality via planning

How we did it: Tackling health inequality via planning

South Worcestershire Councils has responded to the call to improve public health, says Adam Branson.

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