How the government might change its method of assessing housing need

How the government might change its method of assessing housing need

With the government announcing plans to "rebalance" its proposed new housing need formula to boost supply in urban areas, the North and the Midlands, practitioners suggest that consideration of economic growth factors or changes to the way affordability is measured may be on the cards.

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Why a judgment on a 50-year-old permission may present new risks for developers and councils

Why a judgment on a 50-year-old permission may present new risks for developers and councils

An appeal court judgment on half-a-century-old permission for a housing estate - ruling that the original consent was rendered unlawful by subsequent permissions that conflicted with aspects of it - could have major repercussions for the development of large multi-phase schemes, according to some legal experts.

How developers and councils are responding to the new town centre use class

How developers and councils are responding to the new town centre use class

The rules on changing the use of buildings has just been relaxed. Most shops can now be converted to offices and other uses without planning permission. How will developers and councils respond?

How planning shaped: Barton Park

How planning shaped: Barton Park

The planning history of the 885-home greenfield Oxford urban extension

Seven government infrastructure decisions promised this winter

Seven government infrastructure decisions promised this winter

Due dates for government decisions on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects before 31 March 2021.


Highways England withdraws development consent order application for new Lower Thames Crossing

Highways England withdraws development consent order application for new Lower Thames Crossing

Government agency Highways England has withdrawn a development consent order (DCO) application for the proposed new Lower Thames Crossing just before the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) was due to decide whether to accept the project for examination.

Developer of 500-home scheme not obliged to provide gypsy caravan space, High Court rules

Developer of 500-home scheme not obliged to provide gypsy caravan space, High Court rules

Campaigners' arguments that a proposed 500-home development in West Sussex should have made provision for on-site gypsy and traveller pitches have failed to convince a High Court judge that planning permission for the development should be quashed.

Revised Greenwich Peninsula masterplan approved with additional 1,750 homes

Revised Greenwich Peninsula masterplan approved with additional 1,750 homes

An updated masterplan proposing nearly 17,500 homes and a 36-storey tower on the Greenwich peninsula in south-east London has been approved, though officers advised of concerns about the scheme's height and acknowledged a potential reduction in daylight levels.

'Efforts to save Greater Manchester Spatial Framework at an end'

'Efforts to save Greater Manchester Spatial Framework at an end'

News of the collapse of talks aiming to save Greater Manchester's city region-wide development plan following its rejection by opposition councillors in Stockport leads our roundup of today's newspapers.

The signs that the government may be rowing back on its radical planning agenda

The signs that the government may be rowing back on its radical planning agenda

Many policy-watchers suspect the departure of Dominic Cummings from the heart of Number 10 and widespread backbench opposition will see the government compromise on some of its more radical planning changes outlined in the white paper. However, they expect the broad deregulatory thrust of the measures to remain.

What we know so far about uptake of the new upward extension PD rights

What we know so far about uptake of the new upward extension PD rights

Research by Planning involving a selection of councils and consultants shows that so far, use by applicants of new permitted development rights allowing the upward extension of properties to create new or bigger homes has been relatively modest - with a strikingly high refusal rate. But practitioners say that interest could increase following this week's High Court judgment backing the government's introduction of the eased planning rules.

Six legal rulings to look out for this winter

Six legal rulings to look out for this winter

The courts are set to examine some of the grey areas in planning law and policy in a series of hearings in the weeks ahead.

Where are the chief placemakers that ministers want all councils to employ?

Where are the chief placemakers that ministers want all councils to employ?

The white paper envisages all councils will employ senior managers responsible for place. We meet professionals already in similar roles

The steps on which councils agree for replacing the duty to cooperate, by Catriona Riddell

The steps on which councils agree for replacing the duty to cooperate, by Catriona Riddell

The government’s consultation on planning changes for England asked what should replace the duty to cooperate, which requires local planning authorities to engage with neighbours on strategic issues.

Read the November edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

Read the November edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

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Read the first quarterly edition of Planning page-by-page online

Read the first quarterly edition of Planning page-by-page online

This is the first print edition of Planning since shortly after the lockdown, and comes in a new quarterly format.

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