A High Court judge has backed Wiltshire Council's decision to grant planning consent for a metal storage container in a front garden, after concluding there was no legal flaw in the decision and matters of aesthetics were for the local authority to decide upon.
Plans for a 56-storey skyscraper in the City of London have been approved despite concerns about the impact on views of St Paul's Cathedral.
Councils and developers alike can benefit from independent design reviews to improve building design and the quality of places, a research report has concluded.
A new all-party parliamentary group has been formed to 'progress political discussions around good design and placemaking and how they can help solve the housing crisis'.
The 'reverberating effects' of high land prices and the 'impotence of planning departments' in securing good design standards prevents the construction of buildings 'to a level of quality the public expect', a report by a think-tank has said.
The housing secretary has granted planning permission for an edge-of-town centre retail scheme at Bridgnorth in Shropshire after taking over determination of the scheme from the council at the request of local businesses.
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.
Sometimes events happen in serendipitous sequence.
- Project Manager (Minerals and Waste) Hampshire County Council Winchester, Hampshire
- Planning Officer Park Avenue Recruitment Gloucestershire
- Graduate Planning Officer Ashfield District Council Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham
- Compliance & Enforcement Officer Ashfield District Council Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham
- Senior Development Management Officer Huntingdonshire District Council Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
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.
Planning authorities will be required to set minimum density standards in town and city centres in areas that are short of the land required to meet development need.
Plans for an eco home in Devon had to pass a tough test on exceptional design quality, says David Dewar.