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.

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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 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.

Go-ahead for 970-home Nottingham mixed-use regeneration plan

Go-ahead for 970-home Nottingham mixed-use regeneration plan

Plans have been approved for a major 970-home mixed-use development on a long-derelict site in Nottingham, after planners ruled out any adverse impacts on the city centre.

Government infrastructure advisor calls for new freight planning guidance

Government infrastructure advisor calls for new freight planning guidance

Ministers must publish new planning practice guidance to help the UK logistics sector cut carbon emissions and congestion, a report by the government's infrastructure advisory body has said.


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.

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 the government's chief planner Steve Quartermain has warned planners to expect further changes to the planning system.

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.

CIL Watch: Government urges councils to improve transparency over infrastructure funding

CIL Watch: Government urges councils to improve transparency over infrastructure funding

The government has called on councils to produce public statements setting out their infrastructure requirements, anticipated funding from developer contributions, and the choices that have been made about how those contributions will be used.

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.

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