Budget 2014

Budget 2014: the sector reacts

Budget 2014: the sector reacts

Planning experts react to the contents of the chancellor's famous red box below. More

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Chief planner says government is to examine planning staff shortages

The government has been listening to industry concerns over the shortage of planners and is to commission research into the issue, chief planner Steve Quartermain told a conference today.

MHCLG announces £250 million investment in bid to deliver 25,000 homes

Funding deals totalling almost £250 million have been announced by the government in a bid to boost a series of planned housing projects in Cumbria, Devon, Hertfordshire and London that it claims could deliver 25,000 new homes.

Government awards £9 million to 21 garden towns and villages

The government has announced allocations totalling £9 million for 21 large-scale housing developments across England.

Urbanisation 'is a significant factor in catastrophic collapse in insect numbers'

A claim that urbanisation is a "significant factor" in an on-going "catastrophic" collapse of insect numbers around the world features in today's newspaper round-up.

How plan-makers are assessing housing need while the standard method is unresolved

The uncertainty over which iteration of the household projections should be used to calculate local housing need under the government's still-to-be-finalised standard method is confusing plan-makers, Planning has found.

London councils see drop in 'place-shaping' staff, GLA survey finds

Almost 40 per cent of London local authorities say that they do not have enough staff to deliver effective "place-shaping", according to a new survey by the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Neighbourhood Plan Watch: Bracknell set to become the largest town with a neighbourhood plan

The launch of a consultation on the Bracknell neighbourhood plan means the town is set to become the largest council area in England to be covered by a community-made development blueprint.

Planning lawyer Duncan Field to join Town Legal from Norton Rose Fulbright

Duncan Field, head of planning at Norton Rose Fulbright, is joining specialist planning law firm Town Legal.

The lessons from a council's chastening High Court heritage defeat

The overturning of Liverpool City Council's consent for a 51-home redevelopment of a Grade II listed building shows that some planning officers are struggling with conservation considerations, say observers.

North of England transport strategy calls for creation of 'Great North Plan'

Calls for the creation of a strategic "Great North Plan", a Leeds airport railway station, another Tees Crossing, and a series of other new road and rail links are proposed in a new strategic transport plan for the north of England.