New set of guidance updates allow councils to pool CIL receipts across boundaries

New set of guidance updates allow councils to pool CIL receipts across boundaries

Measures allowing groups of charging authorities to pool their community infrastructure levies (CIL) for "strategic infrastructure projects that have cross-boundary benefits" are among a series of changes that have been introduced in revised Planning Practice Guidance (PPG).

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2019 Planning Awards shortlist revealed

2019 Planning Awards shortlist revealed

The shortlist has been announced for this year's Planning Awards. As well as recognising outstanding professional planning work, the awards reward excellence in planning-related activities such as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing, regeneration, legal advice and environmental consulting.

Nursery backed by Prime Minister wins green belt appeal due to 'very special circumstances'

Nursery backed by Prime Minister wins green belt appeal due to 'very special circumstances'

A Berkshire horticultural nursery whose long-running planning battle attracted the support of Prime Minister Theresa May has won permission on appeal for a temporary sales area in the green belt after an inspector found very special circumstances - including its popularity with customers - to justify the development.

Bristol's new draft local plan allocates 70 sites to meet higher housing target

Bristol's new draft local plan allocates 70 sites to meet higher housing target

Bristol City Council has published a draft local plan setting out the authority's intended approach to meeting a housing target 27 per cent higher than that included in its current development strategy, including the allocation of 70 new sites.

Cumbrian coal mine approved after planners accept CO2 reduction argument

Cumbrian coal mine approved after planners accept CO2 reduction argument

Plans have been approved for a new coal mine on a former chemical works site in Cumbria after planners accepted the applicant's arguments that the scheme would cut carbon emissions by reducing the need to import coal from overseas, as well as delivering significant local economic benefits.


Six messages from the metro mayors at Mipim

Six messages from the metro mayors at Mipim

Four of England's directly elected city-region mayors shared a stage at the UK government pavilion at last week's Mipim international property fair in Cannes. Here are six key messages that emerged from what they said.

Why an NPPF tweak could help councils boost their housing land supply

Why an NPPF tweak could help councils boost their housing land supply

A revision to the National Planning Policy Framework's definition of "deliverability" may make it easier for councils to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, say some experts.

Promised guidance will dictate who foots the bill for greater housebuilding diversity, by Chris Brown

Promised guidance will dictate who foots the bill for greater housebuilding diversity, by Chris Brown

There were widespread rumours over the last few months that civil servants in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) were not over-enthusiastic about delivering the Letwin approach to speeding up housing delivery.

How the government is likely to respond to its NPPF High Court defeat

How the government is likely to respond to its NPPF High Court defeat

Following a successful judicial review against a paragraph in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) setting out support for fracking, planning law experts believe the government will probably reconsult on the policy or reconsider the responses it received to the original consultation.

Diary: 'Nimby nuns' object to new housing plan

Diary: 'Nimby nuns' object to new housing plan

Residents' objections are an occupational hazard for housing developers - but could Bellway Homes have met its match with a group of so-called 'nimby nuns' in Kent?

What the new planning apprenticeship scheme will mean for you

What the new planning apprenticeship scheme will mean for you

The launch of the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) new degree-level apprenticeship programme this autumn should open up the profession to more entrants and boost its diversity, say observers.

Spring Statement: 13 things you need to know

Spring Statement: 13 things you need to know

The chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Statement this week included a host of planning-related measures. Here are 13 key things you need to know.

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