The challenges raised by the proposed new fast-track application route for schools, hospitals and prisons

The challenges raised by the proposed new fast-track application route for schools, hospitals and prisons

Government proposals to speed up application determination timescales and to cut consultation periods for new school, university, hospital and prison buildings is likely to present difficulties for decision-makers and may not yield much benefits for developers, observers suggest.

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Why permitted development rule changes would herald a flood of residential conversions

Why permitted development rule changes would herald a flood of residential conversions

From August, a vastly increased range of properties will be able to convert to residential use without submission of a planning application, according to government plans. Commentators predict that the freedom would be widely used, but would strip council planners of the ability to shape their areas.

Local Plan Watch: Number of plans withdrawn or found unsound in 2020 highest in six years

Local Plan Watch: Number of plans withdrawn or found unsound in 2020 highest in six years

Five emerging local plans in England were either withdrawn from examination or found unsound in 2020, the most in any year since 2014, research by Planning shows.

Seven days left to vote in the Planning Law Survey 2021

Seven days left to vote in the Planning Law Survey 2021

Voting forms for Planning’s annual survey of the most well-respected barristers, solicitors and law firms have been sent out to a selected group of developers, planning consultants, local authority planning officers and solicitors.

Ten key things that happened this week

Ten key things that happened this week

A round-up of the most important planning news this week, including the publication of the 2020 housing delivery test results, which sees dozens of English councils left with weakened planning controls under its toughest sanction.


Ministers are now reliant on loose planning to meet their housebuilding ambitions, by Joey Gardiner

Ministers are now reliant on loose planning to meet their housebuilding ambitions, by Joey Gardiner

Developers think the only way that the government can meet its housebuilding targets is via its expansion of permitted development, or zonal or pattern-book type approaches to achieving permissions.

How the government is backing permitted development, city living and new settlements to meet its housebuilding target, by Catriona Riddell

How the government is backing permitted development, city living and new settlements to meet its housebuilding target, by Catriona Riddell

The government’s target to deliver 300,000 new homes a year has always been seen as ambitious and has lacked any clear strategy – until now.

The myths and misconceptions that hold up housing, by Peter Bill

The myths and misconceptions that hold up housing, by Peter Bill

Correcting a handful of planning policy fallacies would make it quicker and easier to deliver affordable homes and attractive neighbourhoods.

Letter: The pandemic is our opportunity to plan for multi-purpose neighbourhoods

Letter: The pandemic is our opportunity to plan for multi-purpose neighbourhoods

As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc, the huge and frankly unanswerable question is whether a Covid-19 vaccine will return our towns and cities to “normal”, or if we’re looking at a profound change to the way we live, socialise and work.

Letter: London needs more land for urban logistics, not less

Letter: London needs more land for urban logistics, not less

Living through a pandemic has highlighted just how important the logistics sector is to the economy and our way of life, but the direction of travel on planning for logistics in the capital is going the wrong way.

Read the January edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

Read the January edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

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The councils that are being sanctioned under the 2020 housing delivery test

The councils that are being sanctioned under the 2020 housing delivery test

Some 55 local authorities will this year be subject to the housing delivery test's most severe penalty, the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) presumption in favour of sustainable development, according to the latest test results just published.

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