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Why some councils are charging high fees for joining self-build registers

Why some councils are charging high fees for joining self-build registers

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.

48-storey 330-home east London tower approved by inspector

48-storey 330-home east London tower approved by inspector

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'.

How easing of upward extensions could impact on planning

How easing of upward extensions could impact on planning

A proposed new permitted development right allowing upward extensions could prompt design concerns and is unlikely to be welcomed by local authorities, say commentators.

Ban on contributions from small sites may hamper affordable homes delivery, conference told

Ban on contributions from small sites may hamper affordable homes delivery, conference told

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.

Report calls for planning changes to boost London's 'meanwhile' uses

Report calls for planning changes to boost London's 'meanwhile' uses

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.

New housing delivery test impeding better design, says LGA planning chief

New housing delivery test impeding better design, says LGA planning chief

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.

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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.

Institute can highlight non-financial real estate value, by Chris Brown

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.

This tragedy should inspire positive change, by Chris Brown

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.

Planning for custom build and community-led housing, by Chris Brown

The irrational fear of the unknown is a powerful barrier to positive change not least in planning for housing delivery.

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How we did it: Producing a site appraisal software tool

How we did it: Producing a site appraisal software tool

Data analysis and design skills went into creating a digital tool to assess a London site's potential, Adam Branson explains.

How planners have reacted to heightened policy emphasis on quality

How planners have reacted to heightened policy emphasis on quality

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.

Policy Briefing: Are London developers giving up on tall buildings?

Policy Briefing: Are London developers giving up on tall buildings?

Does a drop in the number of planning applications for tall buildings indicate a trend or a blip? Grant Leggett weighs up the issue.

Five things we learned from the government's design quality event

Five things we learned from the government's design quality event

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.