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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
- Senior Planning Officer Central Bedfordshire Council Bedfordshire
- Policy and Planning Manager Central Bedfordshire Council Bedfordshire
- Principal Planning Officer Central Bedfordshire Council Bedfordshire
- Senior Town Planner (5+ years’ experience) Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design London Bridge, SE1
- Senior Planning Consultant DPA Architects Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
How planning guidance on design has changed and what it, and the new National Design Guide, means for you. By Mark Wilding.
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.
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
The City of London Corporation has published the first set of rules governing when wind assessments are required for planning applications.