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.
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.
The government has announced allocations totalling £9 million for 21 large-scale housing developments across England.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Duncan Field, head of planning at Norton Rose Fulbright, is joining specialist planning law firm Town Legal.
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.
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.