How the new daylight standard impacts on planning

How the new daylight standard impacts on planning

More precise Europe-wide rules on assessing daylight and sunlight levels in new developments have just come into force, but observers warn it may increase scope for challenges and create tensions with national policy.

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Brokenshire dismisses plans for 1,600 homes in Essex countryside despite council's land supply deficit

Brokenshire dismisses plans for 1,600 homes in Essex countryside despite council's land supply deficit

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has refused plans for a 1,600-home development on open countryside in Braintree, despite the local authority's lack of a five-year housing land supply, after finding that the proposal would have an unacceptable impact on landscape character and a nearby listed building.

Inspectors warn Uttlesford residents' group administration of local plan withdrawal

Inspectors warn Uttlesford residents' group administration of local plan withdrawal

An Essex council has been warned by planning inspectors that its local plan may have to be withdrawn from examination after political control of the authority passed to a residents' group that has previously claimed the submitted strategy is unsound.

Plans for 5,000-seat Gloucestershire football stadium refused against officer advice

Plans for 5,000-seat Gloucestershire football stadium refused against officer advice

Councillors in Stroud have turned down plans for a new 5,000-seat wooden football stadium designed by Zaha Hadid Architects against the advice of planners.

What the new requirement for councils to publish infrastructure funding statements means for you

What the new requirement for councils to publish infrastructure funding statements means for you

A new requirement for councils to produce and maintain statements detailing developer contributions funding and spending will place new burdens on them, observers predict, but will also present opportunities for both authorities and applicants.


Report reveals wide variation in major scheme approval rates by London boroughs

Report reveals wide variation in major scheme approval rates by London boroughs

Three London boroughs approved 100 per cent of all the major applications going before councillors in the past year, with the bottom two performers only managing 50 per cent, according to new research.

Why the proportion of new homes being built on brownfield land is falling

Why the proportion of new homes being built on brownfield land is falling

New government figures show a fall last year in the proportion of previously-used land used for new housing. Experts say a lack of central government targets may explain the drop and fear that recent policy changes may make it harder for councils to boost brownfield housing levels.

Legal Viewpoint: Testing the wind on need for appropriate assessment

Legal Viewpoint: Testing the wind on need for appropriate assessment

Last month, the High Court considered applications by councils in Kent and Hampshire to quash planning permissions granted by the secretary of state for developments in their areas.

How we did it: Consent for high density senior living

How we did it: Consent for high density senior living

Key site constraints had to be overcome for an extra-care scheme in Harpenden to win approval on appeal, Colin Marrs reports.

Briefing: What are the future prospects for the modular homes industry?

Briefing: What are the future prospects for the modular homes industry?

The modular homes industry is likely to accelerate and planning policy is starting to acknowledge its role, writes Isobel McGeever.

Four planners receive honours in Queen's birthday list

Four planners receive honours in Queen's birthday list

Four chartered planners have been recognised in the Queen's annual birthday honours list for services to the built environment.

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