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Expanded PD rights for ports to be introduced next month

Expanded PD rights for ports to be introduced next month

The government has said it will introduce its promised expansion of permitted development (PD) rights for ports, which would allow a greater range of buildings to be erected without needing a planning application, on 21 April, though a requirement to consult the local authority would also be included.

Members refuse 93,000 sqm Greater Manchester green belt employment scheme against officer advice

Members refuse 93,000 sqm Greater Manchester green belt employment scheme against officer advice

Stockport Council members have refused plans for a 93,000-square-metre employment scheme on green belt land, contrary to a recommendation from planning officers who advised that the scheme's economic benefits would outweigh its "substantial" harm to the green belt.

Council backs new Greater Manchester joint development plan

Council backs new Greater Manchester joint development plan

A Greater Manchester council has backed creation of a joint committee to bring forward a new plan for the city-region, after an earlier cross-boundary effort foundered.

Interim body paving way for East Midlands development corporation to begin work 'in next few weeks'

Interim body paving way for East Midlands development corporation to begin work 'in next few weeks'

An interim vehicle paving the way for the proposed government-backed development corporation charged with planning a new community of up to 4,500 homes and two other major sites in the East Midlands will begin work "in the next few weeks", the corporation has said.

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The perils of prioritising tourism, by Cliff Hague

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?

How to tackle deindustrialisation, by Cliff Hague

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.

City growth will always magnify inequality without civic action, by Cliff Hague

Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.

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The implications of relaxed planning rules in prospective freeports

The implications of relaxed planning rules in prospective freeports

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.

How We Did It: Preparing a statement of common ground for Liverpool’s city-region

How We Did It: Preparing a statement of common ground for Liverpool’s city-region

A history of planning collaboration between six local authorities was key to the wider city-region preparing its statement of common ground, Mark Wilding reports.

Need to Know: Planning changes in pipeline to support freeport status

Need to Know: Planning changes in pipeline to support freeport status

Why is the government proposing to set up freeports in the UK and what changes to planning rules are envisaged to help them function effectively? By Robbie Owen.

How local industrial strategies will impact on planning

How local industrial strategies will impact on planning

Local industrial strategies can provide the basis for councils to go for ambitious levels of housing and employment growth, but development plans will need to allocate land to reflect their priorities, say commentators.


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EU and UK need a radical reinvention of regional policy and planning, by Cliff Hague

EU and UK need a radical reinvention of regional policy and planning, by Cliff Hague

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.

Strategic planning has been key to Chinese economic development, by Cliff Hague

Strategic planning has been key to Chinese economic development, by Cliff Hague

Governments in the UK have fretted for four decades about ways to deregulate planning so as to speed development and economic growth. If they had looked through the other end of the telescope, and asked how they could strengthen the planning system to deliver growth, the results would have been more impressive.

Growth deals must be realistic as well as ambitious, by Catriona Riddell

Growth deals must be realistic as well as ambitious, by Catriona Riddell

The word 'ambition' has been used a lot in recent months, particularly in relation to the growth deals being negotiated between the government and local authorities.

Towards a place-based industrial strategy, by David Marlow

Towards a place-based industrial strategy, by David Marlow

With the government's long overdue follow up to the industrial strategy green paper imminent, the release of the final report of the Industrial Strategy Commission provides a strong scene-setting lens through which to consider the government's eventual policy and funding announcements. What are the potential implications for local planning authorities?