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Doncaster consults on plan with housing target 60 per cent higher than standard method

Doncaster consults on plan with housing target 60 per cent higher than standard method

A Yorkshire council is consulting on a draft local plan that proposes a housing target almost 60 per cent higher than its local need figure as calculated using the government's new standard method.

Plans for 261 'low quality' homes refused by Hampshire council despite land supply shortfall

Plans for 261 'low quality' homes refused by Hampshire council despite land supply shortfall

Fareham Borough Council has refused planning permission for 261 homes on farming land on 21 grounds, including the proposal's "adverse visual effect on the countryside" and "low quality", which the authority says outweigh its lack of a five-year housing land supply.

Wycombe adopts local plan after inspector backs green belt and AONB release

Wycombe adopts local plan after inspector backs green belt and AONB release

Wycombe District Council has adopted its local plan after an inspector recommended a nine per cent increase in its housing target and backed the document's proposed release of 10 sites from the green belt and 12 sites from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for new development.

Four further changes to Planning Practice Guidance that you need to know

Four further changes to Planning Practice Guidance that you need to know

The government published 23 updates to its Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) toward the end of last month. Here are four key changes you may have missed.

GPDO In Depth & Comment

Why planning departments so rarely issue completion notices

Why planning departments so rarely issue completion notices

A north London council has deployed a rarely used planning power to encourage an unfinished building to be completed. But experts say completion notices are infrequently used because councils do not view them as an effective way to boost build-out rates.

The lessons to be learned from the areas that have secured Housing Infrastructure Fund cash

The lessons to be learned from the areas that have secured Housing Infrastructure Fund cash

What lessons can be learned from the local authorities that have successfully bid for money from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund, asks Adam Branson.

Johnson's spell as mayor suggests focus on deregulation might be limited, by John Geoghegan

Johnson's spell as mayor suggests focus on deregulation might be limited, by John Geoghegan

With Parliament in recess and the High Court closed, August is typically a month when planning policy and legal activity grinds to a halt. But this year, there's plenty for Planning readers to catch up on during their summer holidays.

Neighbourhood Watch: Three more plans rejected at the polls

Neighbourhood Watch: Three more plans rejected at the polls

Three neighbourhood plans have failed to secure the backing of local residents in the last two months, bringing the total number of plans rejected at referenda to six.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: Guidance for local authorities on the role of planning in climate change adaptation

Policy Summary: Guidance for local authorities on the role of planning in climate change adaptation

POLICY: Preparing for a Changing Climate: Good Practice Guidance for Local Government.

Briefing: How plan-makers'assessment and sustainability checks are evolving

Briefing: How plan-makers'assessment and sustainability checks are evolving

Environmental and sustainability issues are growing in importance despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, writes Nick Chisholm-Batten.

Briefing: How planners can help tackle the climate crisis

Briefing: How planners can help tackle the climate crisis

Just weeks after the government signed the net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 target into law, the Committee on Climate Change's annual progress report reveals that the UK's climate change actions are failing to meet its ambitions. Kate Hodson and Olivia Dunham consider how planners can help.

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