Some London boroughs are requiring those interested in building or customising their own home to pay up to £350 to register their interest, Planning has discovered.
Plans for a 48-storey residential tower in east London have been approved on appeal, with an inspector concluding that the proposal would be 'entirely consistent with the established character of the area'.
A proposed new permitted development right allowing upward extensions could prompt design concerns and is unlikely to be welcomed by local authorities, say commentators.
Some London boroughs will be prevented from meeting their affordable housing needs if they can't take contributions from small housing sites, the Planning for Housing conference was told yesterday.
Councils should develop local plan policies to encourage temporary 'meanwhile' uses for vacant sites awaiting development, while the government should explore creating a new permitted development right to encourage such changes of use, a report has recommended.
The government's housing delivery test is preventing councils from promoting higher design standards in new developments, a senior figure at the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
It may not be new but it's encouraging to see developer British Land, in its recent publication A Design for Life, throwing its weight behind the case for placemaking and design quality to improve health and wellbeing. Its assessment of the financial benefits to the state makes a compelling case.
The government has been doing some tinkering with the planning practice guidance (PPG) for custom build housing over the summer.
The many luxury flats being developed in prominent locations in Hackney, east London, give a strong sense that demographic change is accelerating.
Last week saw the launch of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute (BREI), which will be moving into business innovation hub Here East in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London in October.
It's hard, given the events in West London, to write about anything else, but it is also hard, in the absence of any concrete information on the causes, to comment on this tragedy. It may turn out that someone did something wrong negligently (or in other ways), but it also seems possible that this is the unimaginably tragic result of system failure.
The irrational fear of the unknown is a powerful barrier to positive change not least in planning for housing delivery.
- Planning Compliance Team Leader - Trafford, Greater Manchester Trafford Council Trafford, Greater Manchester
- Delivery Planner - Midlands Canal & River Trust Birmingham or Hatton (Warwick)
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- Experienced Town Planner | 4+ years' experience | Southampton Lewis Davey Southampton, Hampshire
- Senior Planner Adlington SK8 1PF, Cheadle
Data analysis and design skills went into creating a digital tool to assess a London site's potential, Adam Branson explains.
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) revisions emphasising the need for high-quality development have been welcomed in principle, but some question whether the government's aspirations are achievable in practice.
Does a drop in the number of planning applications for tall buildings indicate a trend or a blip? Grant Leggett weighs up the issue.
This week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government hosted a conference on design quality to ensure that new homes meet high standards. Here are five things we learned from the event.