Planning Briefings

The latest changes to government guidance, and how they affect practitioners.

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How the Environment Act changes the planning system

A requirement for new developments to enhance nature by 10 per cent and the introduction of local nature recovery strategies are among the changes ushered in by the government’s flagship environmental legislation late last year.

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Poundbury in Dorset was built to a design code. Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

How the National Model Design Code changes the system: the Planning Briefing

The new guidance sets out design considerations that local planning authorities will be expected to take into account when developing local design codes and guides

Design codes were used for the Alconbury Weald development in Huntingdon (Pic: FTI Consulting)

How the latest NPPF revisions change the system: the Planning Briefing

Amendments that foster ‘beautiful’ places, reinforce the private sector’s role in design codes and require a longer horizon for development plan policies are among confirmed changes to the framework

Looking to buy: purchasers of First Home properties will benefit from a minimum discount of 30 per cent compared with equivalent properties on the market (photograph: Leon Sosra/Getty Images)

How discounted First Homes change the system: the Planning Briefing

The government’s new homes for first-time buyers should account for a quarter of all affordable housing delivered via planning obligations. We explore the implications for applicants and authorities

How new PD rights for commercial and public buildings, ports and statues change the system: the Planning Briefing

Planners foresee plenty of interest in the new rights, and councils should be prepared for a flurry of applications in August.

How the UK-EU trade agreement could change the planning system: the Planning Briefing

What Britain’s departure from the European Union means for planning regulations and environmental protection laws.

How the new permitted development rights change the system: the Planning Briefing

What the new rights to extend buildings upwards, and demolish existing buildings to make way for new housing, mean for applicants and authorities

Download the updated Planning Briefing on the white paper, or read it online

Our updated guide to the planning white paper and its implications is now available as an easily searchable PDF document, or can be read as a series of online articles.

How the new use classes change the system: the Planning Briefing

The implications of new regulations that allow more widespread changes of use without a planning application.

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