What the new secretary of state's first decisions tell us about his approach

What the new secretary of state's first decisions tell us about his approach

The first six decisions by the new housing secretary indicate a continued tough stance against green belt development and backing for planning inspectors, say observers.

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Tandridge proposes 300 homes a year in new draft local plan

Tandridge proposes 300 homes a year in new draft local plan

A Surrey council is proposing the provision of 300 homes a year in its new draft local plan, about a third less than its housing need requirement.

Staffordshire urban extension passed despite local objections

Staffordshire urban extension passed despite local objections

Plans for an urban extension to a Staffordshire town have been granted planning permission for a second time, despite attracting hundreds of local objections.

Only one in ten London and North West chief planners at top council level, RTPI research finds

Only one in ten London and North West chief planners at top council level, RTPI research finds

New research by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) shows that only about one in ten councils in London and the North West of England have chief planning officers represented at the most senior level.

Inspector gives conditional nod to Kirklees local plan

Inspector gives conditional nod to Kirklees local plan

A planning inspector has given provisional approval to a West Yorkshire council's local plan, despite recommending a small reduction in the amount of housing proposed.


West Sussex incinerator refused against recommendation for approval

West Sussex incinerator refused against recommendation for approval

Plans have been refused for an energy from waste plant on a site near Horsham, West Sussex, against a recommendation for approval from planners.

How the draft NPPF revisions would change the system: the Planning briefing

How the draft NPPF revisions would change the system: the Planning briefing

Consultation on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) concluded in May. Below we summarise the main changes proposed by the document, and the responses to those proposed changes from key sector organisations.

Why Essex councils have teamed up to prepare a joint plan

Why Essex councils have teamed up to prepare a joint plan

High housing need and green belt restrictions explain why a group of south Essex authorities are working together on a joint planning strategy, say commentators.

How university cities manage demand for student housing

How university cities manage demand for student housing

With the government offering new incentives for councils to meet the growing demand for student accommodation, Mark Wilding explores how they might go about it.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that proposals for three new garden communities in Essex have been found 'unsound' by a planning inspector who concluded that key aspects of the delivery plan for the schemes required 'significant' further work.

Heathrow runway is a long way off, by Angus Walker

Heathrow runway is a long way off, by Angus Walker

Headlines earlier this month such as 'Heathrow third runway gets go-ahead from Chris Grayling' (Guardian) and 'Heathrow expansion gets green light from government as transport secretary Chris Grayling hails "historic moment"' (City AM) may have given you the impression that construction was now able to start on the new runway.

Letter: Habitats regulation assessment ruling needs serious analysis

Letter: Habitats regulation assessment ruling needs serious analysis

I read with interest the recent article on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on habitats regulation assessment matters (see related articles).

Neighbourhood Watch: Government announces neighbourhood plan support for councils

Neighbourhood Watch: Government announces neighbourhood plan support for councils

The government has announced new grant funding for councils to support neighbourhood planning activity in their areas, including £20,000 to help organise local referendums on draft plans.

First speakers named for Planning for Housing conference

First speakers named for Planning for Housing conference

The first speakers have been confirmed for Planning's two-day housing conference in October, including the government's chief planner Steve Quartermain.

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