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The planning system needs "radical reform", including the introduction of a "flexible zoning system", a report by a think tank has recommended.
Plans for 3.5km bypass in Hampshire intended to boost the local economy and ease congestion have been approved by transport secretary Chris Grayling after a public inquiry last year.
A separate spatial strategy for London's outer boroughs should be produced to help tackle rising levels of poverty, according to a report published today by a think tank.
Updated government planning guidance provides new advice on how councils should gather data to help plan for business requirements, but a consultant has warned that such assessments may be complicated by the need to plan for much higher housing targets under the new standard method.
Revised Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) on assessing housing and economic need published by the government yesterday clarifies how councils can diverge from the standard housing need method and includes a new section on employment land.
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.
With all local leadership teams desperate to attract and retain high growth companies in their area, the May publications of the London Stock Exchange Group's (LSEG) "1000 companies to inspire Britain", and the "EY UK Attractiveness Survey 2017" are well worth a read.
How will globalisation affect local planners in the Trump and Brexit era? On the one hand, there have been suggestions that we will see lower economic growth and reduced demand for housing if government seeks to restrict immigration numbers.
A government review of 'regional focus' is widely rumoured to be complementing the higher profile reformulation of industrial strategy.
Where is the strategic planning fuel for the Midlands Engine (and Northern Powerhouse), by David Marlow
One of the signature moments at the launch of the 'Midlands Engine' prospectus for growth on Friday December 4th came when the leader of Derbyshire County Council challenged the secretary of state for business innovation and skills (BIS) - Sajid Javid. "Does government want the Midlands Engine to be Formula One or will it end up as 'Wacky Races'?"
- Principal Planner South Kesteven District Council Council Offices, St Peters Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire
- Senior Development Management Officer East Northamptonshire Council Thrapston, Kettering
- Team Leader Development Planning (Mid Wales) Natural Resources Wales Aberystwyth, Ceredigion (other locations may be considered)
- Assistant Director – Planning and Development Cherwell District Council Oxfordshire
- Senior Planning Officer (Planning Policy) Grade: H Epping Forest District Council Epping, Essex
This year's winners span 26 categories across planning and placemaking, Mark Wilding reports.
What progress have the mayors of England's combined authorities made on key planning issues in their first 12 months in office? Mark Wilding reports.
A bold suggestion to tax property owners near Crossrail 2 stations to pay for the project faces a number of practical challenges before it could be implemented, say experts.
The government's air quality strategy has been faulted for doing too little to enforce European air quality standards in some areas. Applicants in 33 local authority areas can expect increased scrutiny and more demands for mitigation, say experts.