What the Lib Dems' shock 'Blue Wall' by-election win means for the government's planning changes

What the Lib Dems' shock 'Blue Wall' by-election win means for the government's planning changes

The Liberal Democrats' spectacular by-election win in a previously safe Tory seat in Buckinghamshire is likely to see the government face increased opposition to its proposed changes to the planning system and potentially water down the more radical measures, commentators expect.

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Campaigners granted Court of Appeal hearing in bid to overturn permitted development and use class changes

Campaigners granted Court of Appeal hearing in bid to overturn permitted development and use class changes

Campaigners have revived their efforts to overturn the government's recent permitted development (PD) and use class changes by securing a hearing at the Court of Appeal, after their legal bid proved unsuccessful at the High Court last year.

MHCLG planning director promises impact assessment on effects of new permitted development rights

MHCLG planning director promises impact assessment on effects of new permitted development rights

The government will produce an impact assessment on the effects of the permitted development (PD) rights introduced last year, the housing ministry's director of planning told a parliamentary committee hearing this week, though he suggested it would not be published any time soon.

Plans approved for 1,380-home east London estate redevelopment

Plans approved for 1,380-home east London estate redevelopment

Plans have been approved for the redevelopment of a 290-home east London housing estate into a 1,380-home mixed-use development, after officers concluded that, despite harm to local heritage assets, the "significant uplift" in the number of homes, including a rise in social units, weighed heavily in the scheme's favour.

'Ministers need to rethink planning reforms following by-election loss, says ex-Cabinet minister'

'Ministers need to rethink planning reforms following by-election loss, says ex-Cabinet minister'

A warning from a former Tory cabinet minister on the implications of yesterday's shock by-election result for the government's proposed planning changes leads our roundup of the latest news.


How developers and planning authorities are responding to town centre transition

How developers and planning authorities are responding to town centre transition

Town centre retail and office vacancies are predicted to rise post-pandemic. Rule changes in August will make conversion easier than ever. How are developers and councils responding?

Why ministerial revision of the habitats regulations might make it harder for councils to defend protected sites

Why ministerial revision of the habitats regulations might make it harder for councils to defend protected sites

Government amendments to the Environment Bill that would allow ministers to revise the habitats regulations could give them a "blank cheque" to dilute environmental protections, experts fear. This would mean councils finding it harder to defend protected sites from inappropriate development, they add.

How the parliamentary report on planning changes is likely to affect government thinking

How the parliamentary report on planning changes is likely to affect government thinking

Ministers will find it hard to dismiss a heavyweight select committee report on its proposed planning changes, say observers. Among the recommendations they think are most likely to influence government thinking are a reconsideration of the proposals for new zonal-style local plans and the abolition of section 106 agreements.

Legal Viewpoint: Court lends endorsement to nitrates precautionary approach

Legal Viewpoint: Court lends endorsement to nitrates precautionary approach

The population centres of south Hampshire are among the most densely populated outside Greater London. The water environment within the Solent region is also one of the most important for wildlife in the UK. Waste water effluent has been identified as a contributory reason for a number of special areas of conservation and special protection areas being in “unfavourable condition”.

Don't bank on Jenrick forcing developers to use their permissions, by Joey Gardiner

Don't bank on Jenrick forcing developers to use their permissions, by Joey Gardiner

For five years, the government has blustered about pressurising developers to build out permissions more quickly, but has never followed through. Does an unusual political climate make ministers more likely to act this time?

Electric cars: the issues that planners need to consider, by Cliff Hague

Electric cars: the issues that planners need to consider, by Cliff Hague

As the government ramps up its plans to encourage the purchase of electric cars, planners must think about how neighbourhoods will change, and adapt their thinking around travel and mobility.

Diary: Founder of the garden city movement commemorated

Diary: Founder of the garden city movement commemorated

The ideas of Ebenezer Howard are still relevant today; ocean liner outcry; the return of Jackie Weaver and Highland "Batterman" signal rejected

CIL Watch: Seven key recommendations on developer contributions in backbench MPs’ report

CIL Watch: Seven key recommendations on developer contributions in backbench MPs’ report

A call for ministers not to scrap section 106 agreements was among the recommendations in a wide-ranging report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Select Committee.

The biggest permissions February-April 2021 PLUS who applied and who advised

The biggest permissions February-April 2021 PLUS who applied and who advised

The largest housing, commercial, industrial, retail and leisure schemes consented Feb-April 2021.

Planning Awards 2021: top award goes to plan for 10,000 homes on an area released from the green belt

Planning Awards 2021: top award goes to plan for 10,000 homes on an area released from the green belt

A neighbourhood plan that is designed to guide the building of 10,000 new homes in an area released from the East Hertfordshire green belt has won the top prize at this year’s Planning Awards, announced online in a virtual ceremony this afternoon.

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.

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