Five appeal decisions from the first quarter of 2019 that you need to know about

Five appeal decisions from the first quarter of 2019 that you need to know about

Click through to view Planning's summary of the five most frequently downloaded decisions from DCS Ltd's COMPASS online appeals database between January and March 2019.

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Labour pledges to scrap office-to-resi permitted development rights

Labour pledges to scrap office-to-resi permitted development rights

Shadow housing secretary John Healey has said Labour would scrap permitted development rights for office to residential conversions, describing the policy as a "get-out clause which allows developers to dodge social housing obligations".

London mayor rejects luxury retirement scheme on grounds that it is a housing project not a nursing home

London mayor rejects luxury retirement scheme on grounds that it is a housing project not a nursing home

Plans for luxury retirement homes in west London have been refused by London mayor Sadiq Khan after Greater London Authority (GLA) planners disagreed with the local authority over what use class the development should fall under.

Planning lecturer 'charged following climate protest arrest'

Planning lecturer 'charged following climate protest arrest'

Reports that a university lecturer on transport and planning who has advised the government on "eco towns and the Olympic regeneration" was among more than 1,000 people arrested during a week of environmental protests in London last week feature in today's newspaper round-up.

12 significant court rulings from the first quarter of 2019

12 significant court rulings from the first quarter of 2019

It's been a busy year for the courts on planning cases, with around three dozen judgments issued so far that shed light on interpretation of a range of planning policy and practice issues. Here are 12 significant rulings from the first quarter of 2019.


The lessons of a plan examination that will last two years

The lessons of a plan examination that will last two years

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's local plan examination will run for at least two years, according to the latest timetable. Commentators say this shows the potential dangers to councils of proposing to not meet housing need on green belt grounds.

What the London mayoral levy MkII means for you

What the London mayoral levy MkII means for you

What are the implications for councils and developers of the introduction of the second iteration of the London mayor's community infrastructure levy, asks Adam Branson.

What now for Scruton's beauty commission?

What now for Scruton's beauty commission?

The need to find a new chair for the government-appointed Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission following Sir Roger Scruton's sacking has raised questions about its ability to meet its target of reporting this year. But insiders say a lot of work has already been done, and that discussion has moved beyond architectural styles to other place-shaping factors.

How we did it: Winning £102 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund

How we did it: Winning £102 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund

A new garden community project in Cumbria was boosted after a successful bid for government funding towards a key link road, reports Colin Marrs.

Briefing: Charting progress in the London Plan examination

Briefing: Charting progress in the London Plan examination

The examination into the draft London Plan ends in May. Questions remain on the plan's approach to housing, says Jonathan Bainbridge.

Six key changes in the March revisions to national planning guidance

Six key changes in the March revisions to national planning guidance

Last month, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a series of updates to its Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), including changes to the sections on plan-making, determining a planning application, planning obligations, the community infrastructure levy (CIL) and climate change.

Legal Viewpiont: Prior approval extensions fuel potential for dispute

Legal Viewpiont: Prior approval extensions fuel potential for dispute

Housing secretary James Brokenshire's announcement last month that further changes to permitted development (PD) rights will be implemented has prompted debate across the planning community.

Public participation in spatial planning is gradually growing across Europe, by Cliff Hague

Public participation in spatial planning is gradually growing across Europe, by Cliff Hague

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Skeffington Report on public participation in planning.

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