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Salford gives green light to 545-home tower with no affordable housing

Salford gives green light to 545-home tower with no affordable housing

Salford Council has granted consent for plans to build 545 flats in the city's tallest building at 55 storeys high, even though the proposal provides no affordable housing.

Jenrick backs 1,350-home business park revamp despite tall buildings policy conflict

Jenrick backs 1,350-home business park revamp despite tall buildings policy conflict

The housing secretary has allowed an appeal for 1,350 homes in buildings rising up to 11 storeys on a north London business park, despite recognising that the site is not allocated for tall buildings in the local plan.

MHCLG review of PD housing quality to be 'completed shortly'

MHCLG review of PD housing quality to be 'completed shortly'

A review of the quality of housing produced under permitted development (PD) rights will be "completed shortly" and its findings announced "in due course", the housing ministry has said.

Poorly-designed housing approved on appeal 'is fatally undermining NPPF'

Poorly-designed housing approved on appeal 'is fatally undermining NPPF'

Councils are rejecting poorly-designed housing schemes only to see them approved on appeal, "fatally" undermining the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), according to a study that also found the quality of new homes to be overwhelmingly "mediocre" or "poor".

Co-chair of Building Beautiful Commission, Sir Roger Scruton, dies

Co-chair of Building Beautiful Commission, Sir Roger Scruton, dies

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said the work of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission will "proceed" following the death yesterday of its co-chairman, Sir Roger Scruton.

New national design code must be 'selective', says guide consultant

New national design code must be 'selective', says guide consultant

The government's new national model design code will need to be "selective" in the advice it offers given the variety of development across the country, a consultant who helped create the government's recently-published National Design Guide has advised.

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Why knocking down more homes would help save the planet, by Chris Brown

Is it time to knock down all our old houses? Our old buildings are leaky, expensive to heat and destroying the planet. We can build new homes that are close to zero carbon to run and cost next to nothing to heat.

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.

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How the new national design guidance changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How the new national design guidance changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How planning guidance on design has changed and what it, and the new National Design Guide, means for you. By Mark Wilding.

What new design guidance means for planners

What new design guidance means for planners

New guidance on design and a national design guide should put councils in a better position to resist poor-quality proposals, say observers, but they warn it may place new burdens on already-stretched planning teams.

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

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.