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What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

A proposed permitted development right for upward extensions would be subject to prior approval design checks, the government has confirmed. Practitioners say interest in using the right will be strongest in urban areas, but warn that it could generate widespread community objections

Planners and architects have 'scarred' towns, planning minister says

Planners and architects have 'scarred' towns, planning minister says

Too many "proud towns" have been "scarred by architects and planners" who have "no regard for what local residents want," housing minister Esther McVey has said in the foreword to a collection of essays on the importance of beauty in the built environment, published by think tank Policy Exchange.

Public Practice reveals 30 new professionals to take up council planning placements

Public Practice reveals 30 new professionals to take up council planning placements

Social enterprise Public Practice has announced a third wave of planners, architects and urban designers starting one-year placements in local authority planning teams.

Government consults on scrapping proposed restriction on local plan green homes standards

Government consults on scrapping proposed restriction on local plan green homes standards

The government is seeking views on whether to scrap a proposed block on councils setting energy efficiency standards for new homes in their local plans at levels higher than existing building regulations.

New National Design Guide emphasises role of NPPF in design grounds refusals

New National Design Guide emphasises role of NPPF in design grounds refusals

Councils that have not produced their own local design guides will be allowed to defer to the government's new National Design Guide and the impending National Model Design Code when considering whether development proposals meet the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) design policy requirements, the newly-published guide has said.

New guidance includes measures to ensure post-approval design quality is maintained

New guidance includes measures to ensure post-approval design quality is maintained

Councils can use strategies such as "encouraging the retention of key design consultants from the planning application team and using design review at appropriate intervals" to ensure that the quality of approved development is not diminished between permission and completion, according to new guidance.

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Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

The yacht lurches, the mooring lines groan, the halyards slap noisily against the mast, rain lashes the pontoon. I write this from the cabin of a yacht on the south coast, storm bound as the last knockings of Hurricane Lorenzo pass through.

Design guidance never creates well designed places, by Chris Brown

We aren't short of guidance on what makes a good place so it's intriguing to see Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) commissioning consultancy Tibbalds to write a 'visual design guide' to form part of the Planning Practice Guidance supporting the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

Caustic style will subvert Scruton's beauty crusade, by Chris Brown

Last month I went to the inaugural Colin Amery Memorial Lecture. It was delivered by Sir Roger Scruton, the new chair - for now - of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission (BBBBC).

Good placemaking pays corporate dividends, by Chris Brown

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.

Government has been tinkering with custom build guidance, by Chris Brown

The government has been doing some tinkering with the planning practice guidance (PPG) for custom build housing over the summer.

Holding onto sense of place in east London, by Ibrahim Michael Maiga

The many luxury flats being developed in prominent locations in Hackney, east London, give a strong sense that demographic change is accelerating.

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Need to know: What new guidance on wind will mean for City planners

Need to know: What new guidance on wind will mean for City planners

The City of London Corporation has published the first set of rules governing when wind assessments are required for planning applications.

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

This autumn is due to see a series of key policy developments. Colin Marrs looks ahead.

How we did it: Producing design advice to create denser suburbs

How we did it: Producing design advice to create denser suburbs

Croydon has produced a supplementary planning document to provide design guidance for the borough's residential intensification. Colin Marrs reports.

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Planners will need to become familiarised with key design principles when assessing proposals, say David Birkbeck and Dr Stefan Kruczkowski.