The authorities that determined and granted the most permission in principle applications in the first half of 2020

The authorities that determined and granted the most permission in principle applications in the first half of 2020

A Lancashire council determined and granted the most permission in principle (PiP) applications of any English authority in the first half of this year, an analysis of government figures by Planning shows.

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London boroughs flag 'deep concern' over planning white paper proposals

London boroughs flag 'deep concern' over planning white paper proposals

More than a dozen London boroughs have expressed fears that the measures set out in the government’s Planning for the Future white paper could lead to the delivery of less affordable housing and threaten local democracy.

Judge dismisses claim that members were 'seriously misled' by officer's report on adventure scheme plans

Judge dismisses claim that members were 'seriously misled' by officer's report on adventure scheme plans

A judge has dismissed a claim that councillors were "materially and seriously misled" by a planning officer's report on plans for an adventure activity lake in the grounds of a historic Suffolk manor house, despite recognising that the document "could have been clearer".

Planners 'should consider health impacts at early stage of development process', new public health guidance advises

Planners 'should consider health impacts at early stage of development process', new public health guidance advises

Assessments of the potential health impacts of developments should be carried out well before proposals are submitted as part of a formal planning application, new Public Health England guidance on the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) has recommended.

John Lewis 'gets go-ahead to convert half of Oxford Street store to office use'

John Lewis 'gets go-ahead to convert half of Oxford Street store to office use'

A report that Westminster City Council has granted planning permission for John Lewis to change almost half the retail floorspace at its central London Oxford Street store to office use features in today’s newspaper round-up.


Why MHCLG secretary of state decisions are taking twice as long as they should

Why MHCLG secretary of state decisions are taking twice as long as they should

Planning decisions by the housing secretary under Boris Johnson’s premiership have been taking over twice as long as government deadlines, Planning research shows, with a significant rise in timescales since the Covid-19 lockdown in mid-March.

The implications of the planning white paper's proposals to centralise development management policies

The implications of the planning white paper's proposals to centralise development management policies

Proposals to cut down the number of development management policies in local plans and instead set most of them at a national level has prompted concerns that councils will be unable to tailor such policies to local circumstances.

The big questions that the government must answer this autumn with its National Infrastructure Strategy, by Angus Walker

The big questions that the government must answer this autumn with its National Infrastructure Strategy, by Angus Walker

Reassuringly, the twice-delayed National Infrastructure Strategy, which will set out where economic and social infrastructure is being planned, is still on target to be issued this autumn despite the Budget that it was originally tied to being delayed.

Legal viewpoint: Are applicants allowed to determine their own applications?

Legal viewpoint: Are applicants allowed to determine their own applications?

This question was posed to me recently and the enquirer was very surprised to learn that, yes, local authorities, or indeed the secretary of state, can grant themselves planning permission. Such entities are used to acting in different capacities, wearing their different "hats" when making decisions.

Read our latest monthly edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

Read our latest monthly edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

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Cambridge City Council leader to speak at Planning For Housing 2020

Cambridge City Council leader to speak at Planning For Housing 2020

Councillor Lewis Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council, will share a case study at the Planning For Housing conference, taking place online on 11 November 2020.

Letter: The planning system does too little to support the NHS

Letter: The planning system does too little to support the NHS

From a health perspective, a detailed rethink of how the town planning system operates is long overdue.

Read the first quarterly edition of Planning page-by-page online

Read the first quarterly edition of Planning page-by-page online

This is the first print edition of Planning since shortly after the lockdown, and comes in a new quarterly format.

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