Three consultancies win £68m contract to deliver spatial planning advice to Highways England

Three consultancies win £68m contract to deliver spatial planning advice to Highways England

Three consultancies have won a share of a three-year contract worth £68 million to deliver spatial planning advice to the government's roads agency in relation to development proposals affecting major roads.

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Pipe to remain London's deputy mayor for planning, Khan confirms

Newly re-elected London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed his current deputy mayors for planning, housing and transport in the capital will remain in post.

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City of London approves opt-out from new commercial-to-residential PD right

The City of London Corporation has approved a new Article 4 Direction to ensure that, from next year, it retains planning control over proposals made under the controversial new commercial-to-residential permitted development (PD) right.


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How councils are handling the return to face-to-face planning committees

As councils "reluctantly" return to holding physical planning committees that allow public attendance in light of recent court rulings, many face a logistical headache in organising lawful meetings that comply with current Covid restrictions. This has resulted in some authorities postponing meetings this month, observers say, while others seek bigger accommodation or are even using marshalls and ticketing systems.

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The City of London Corporation's latest draft of its local plan has introduced new requirements for developers of major schemes to provide "cultural plans" as part of their planning applications and sets out how it hopes to mitigate the impact of the government's recent shake up of town centre use classes.

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