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Planning policy changes to promote economic growth in rural areas and extra funding for local authority planning departments are needed to improve a planning system that is “failing those living and working in the countryside”, according to a parliamentary report.
A council has refused plans for a 58,000 square metre industrial scheme on a greenfield site that is partly on green belt against the advice of officers, after members argued that the development would cause unacceptable harm to the road network.
The housing minister has blocked an attempt by several London boroughs to restrict permitted development rights in central London.
Room 106, Ep10: Chilterns decision-making frozen, areas where housebuilding is limited by water pollution double, plus other key news
In this fortnight's podcast the Planning team investigates why decision-making on housing applications has been frozen in a large part of the Chilterns, the implications of 42 more councils being subject to water pollution prevention measures, and the acquisition of one of the UK’s largest planning consultancies by a North American firm
The development consent order regime was extended almost a decade ago to range of non-infrastructure projects, but despite the possibilities it offers for getting big commercial developments off the ground, none have yet come to fruition
With eight new freeports set to come forward in England, the potential to boost regional economies – and level up more deprived parts of the country – is there. Planners must be on hand to ensure the effects are reaped by the many.
The notices in my collection of post-war football programmes, from Sheffield Wednesday's promises of secure jobs to Accrington Stanley's farm-bottled milk, reveals a story of development, deindustrialisation and regeneration – and the planning system holding it all together.
- Planning Manager Carrington West Bedford
- Senior Planning Enforcement Officer (permitted sites) Kent County Council Invicta House, Maidstone, Kent
- TEAM LEADER – PLANNING ENFORCEMENT Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
- SENIOR PLANNING OFFICER (MAJOR PROJECTS) Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
- Senior Planner, Planner and Graduate Planner Roles ECE Planning Worthing, West Sussex
As part of our celebration of Planning's 50th anniversary, we examine how planners led the growth of Milton Keynes from 40,000 people in the late 1960s to more than 260,000' today.
Recent ministerial decisions on major employment schemes in the Merseyside green belt indicate that strong economic benefits in deprived areas can contribute to the "very special circumstances" required to make such projects acceptable, experts suggest, but only where the environmental impact is limited.
A Suffolk council has given the go-ahead for a 23-hectare business and logistics park on a greenfield site that would form part of a prospective freeport, after officers advised that the scheme's “significant” economic benefits outweighed the heritage impacts on nearby listed buildings.
Newly selected freeport areas could be used by local authorities and Whitehall to test “unique” planning freedoms, suggest commentators, but they highlight several key challenges for councils in making effective use of the proposed relaxation of planning rules.
Venice, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Edinburgh. These are places identified by the website CNN Travel as hotspots for "overtourism". Last year the Oxford English Dictionary made overtourism one of its words of the year. So what does it mean for planning, placemaking and urban conservation?
Three years after the 2016 Brexit referendum revealed to government that there were "places left behind", there has been no fundamental debate, let alone vision, about what future can be forged for Britain's medium-sized deindustrialised towns.
Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.
Brexit has dominated the UK news agenda, but scant attention has been paid to its impact on the EU, and the EU's capacity to address the kind of regional disparities that decided the 2016 referendum.