Speculation over the future of so-called 'renewal' areas in white paper plan-making changes

Speculation over the future of so-called 'renewal' areas in white paper plan-making changes

Ministers are "undecided" on pushing ahead with proposals for "regeneration" or "renewal" areas as part of their planning white paper proposals to shake-up local plan-making to create a more 'zonal' approach, media reports have suggested.

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Planning bill 'could include use-it-or-lose-it tax to penalise tardy developers'

Planning bill 'could include use-it-or-lose-it tax to penalise tardy developers'

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for the upcoming planning bill to include a new "use it or lose it" tax to penalise developers who do not build out planning permissions, with press reports over the weekend suggesting such a proposal could be included in the legislation.

NPPF policy on considering green belt 'special circumstances' is 'not a mathematical exercise', High Court rules

NPPF policy on considering green belt 'special circumstances' is 'not a mathematical exercise', High Court rules

The High Court has backed a planning inspector's consideration of the "very special circumstances" necessary to allow inappropriate green belt development in granting permission for a traveller camp, after a judge concluded that the NPPF's policy on the issue is "guidance" and does not require "a particular mathematical exercise".

Local elections: Changes in council control that are likely to impact on planning [UPDATED]

Local elections: Changes in council control that are likely to impact on planning [UPDATED]

A number of councils around the country have changed control following last Thursday's local elections, which is set to impact on planning and development in those areas. Below we have highlighted the key results as they came in as well as the overall picture.

May 6 neighbourhood plan referendum results - as they come in

May 6 neighbourhood plan referendum results - as they come in

Following the suspension of all referenda and elections last spring due to the coronavirus restrictions, dozens of neighbourhood plan referenda were held yesterday (Thursday 6 May 2021). Find the results below as they come in.


Application document for Essex housing plan 'wrongly said that nuclear power station would be built’

Application document for Essex housing plan 'wrongly said that nuclear power station would be built’

Reports that an application document for an Essex housing plan included the building of a new nuclear power station 'in error’ and of an impending appeal over a Black Lives Matter-inspired statue in Bristol feature in our roundup of the latest news.

The planning measures we can expect in next week's Queen's Speech

The planning measures we can expect in next week's Queen's Speech

The announcement of a new planning bill to implement some of the key proposals in last summer’s planning white paper is expected to feature in the Queen's Speech next week, according to reports. However, observers believe the housing ministry will struggle to develop the necessary details so that the bill is ready for publication later this year and are sceptical that the proposed new infrastructure levy will be included in it.

Why an inspector's refusal of tiny permitted development flats on size grounds sets a precedent for decision-makers

Why an inspector's refusal of tiny permitted development flats on size grounds sets a precedent for decision-makers

A planning inspector's dismissal of plans to convert a chip ship into three tiny flats under permitted development (PD) rights because they would be too small to constitute housing is the first refusal on such grounds at appeal, say experts. The case, they say, sets a precedent that should in future help councils to reject similarly under-sized housing plans.

How new PD rights for commercial and public buildings, ports and statues change the system: the Planning Briefing

How new PD rights for commercial and public buildings, ports and statues change the system: the Planning Briefing

Planners foresee plenty of interest in the new rights, and councils should be prepared for a flurry of applications in August.

Top barrister to speak at National Planning Summit

Top barrister to speak at National Planning Summit

A leading barrister will discuss how a proposed new duty for developers to deliver a ten per cent uplift in biodiversity through their schemes will work in practice at Planning’s virtual national conference on 18-19 May.

Legal Viewpoint: Take notice of strict rules on levy liability timescales

Legal Viewpoint: Take notice of strict rules on levy liability timescales

A recent High Court decision on a case from Hertfordshire is a reminder to both developers and local planning authorities that following the precise letter of the law is paramount when it comes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

How to meet the challenges posed by polarisation of local politics, by Catriona Riddell

How to meet the challenges posed by polarisation of local politics, by Catriona Riddell

As we await the results of this year’s local elections, the increased use of digital technology has widened the debate around some very complex issues, but also made the debate increasingly polarised.

Shortlist announced for 2021 Planning Awards

Shortlist announced for 2021 Planning Awards

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Planning Awards, which recognise outstanding work by councils, consultants, developers, lawyers, voluntary groups and other important players in the UK planning system

Catch up on our new webinar on the future of town centres

Catch up on our new webinar on the future of town centres

Planners, developers and lawyers examine the likely impact on town centres of a changing planning environment and evolving market demand in a free Planning webinar which is now available on-demand.

Britain's best planning lawyers and biggest planning law firms

Britain's best planning lawyers and biggest planning law firms

This year’s Planning Law Survey features new names at the top of the lists of the most admired QCs, the top-rated planning junior barristers and highest-regarded juniors under the age of 35.

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