Historic England has called for government intervention after Norwich City Council approved plans for a 1,250-home, 20-storey mixed use scheme, which the heritage watchdog warned could cause "severe harm" to the city's character.
The housing secretary has refused permission for a 220-home, 17-storey tower in south London on design grounds, against the advice of a planning inspector.
The London Borough of Ealing has approved plans for a 575-home mixed use scheme in Southall which would be up to 23 storeys high.
A proposed new 305-metre City of London tower would 'respond positively, in concept, scale and mass' to the nearby Tower of London World Heritage Site, despite a recognition that the scheme would have some 'major' impacts on views from within the site, according to plans submitted for the scheme.
A programme that seeks to boost planning skills in local authorities is looking for applicants for its next round of recruitment, it has announced.
The developers behind plans for the long-delayed redevelopment of Bishopsgate Goodsyard in east London have slashed the amount of housing proposed from 1,356 homes to 250 under new revised plans.
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).
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.
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- Business Unit Leader - Planning Policy & Economy - Mid Sussex Lewis Davey CB Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Sir Roger Scruton, the controversial chair of a new government commission looking to improve beauty in the built environment, is sceptical about contemporary architecture but a supporter of a strong planning system.
Revised national planning policy introduces new requirements for authorities and applicants that aim to boost design quality in new schemes. But how is it playing out on the ground, Colin Marrs asks.
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.
A proposed new permitted development right allowing upward extensions could prompt design concerns and is unlikely to be welcomed by local authorities, say commentators.