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352-home scheme approved without affordable housing thanks to public realm improvements

352-home scheme approved without affordable housing thanks to public realm improvements

Plans have been approved for a 352-home residential-led development in Greater Manchester, after planning officers advised that no affordable housing contribution was required in light of the scheme's "transformative" public realm improvements.

12 significant court rulings from the first quarter of 2019

12 significant court rulings from the first quarter of 2019

It's been a busy year for the courts on planning cases, with around three dozen judgments issued so far that shed light on interpretation of a range of planning policy and practice issues. Here are 12 significant rulings from the first quarter of 2019.

Plans submitted for 450-home Rotherham greenfield scheme

Plans submitted for 450-home Rotherham greenfield scheme

Plans have been submitted for a development of up to 450 homes on a greenfield site on the south-eastern edge of Rotherham in South Yorkshire.

Inspector approves 420,000 square metre logistics park extension

Inspector approves 420,000 square metre logistics park extension

Plans for a 420,000 square metre warehouse in Leicestershire have been approved on appeal after an inspector found that an emerging local plan policy supporting logistics development on the site outweighed heritage and landscape concerns.

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How we did it: Winning £102 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund

How we did it: Winning £102 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund

A new garden community project in Cumbria was boosted after a successful bid for government funding towards a key link road, reports Colin Marrs.

What the London mayoral levy MkII means for you

What the London mayoral levy MkII means for you

What are the implications for councils and developers of the introduction of the second iteration of the London mayor's community infrastructure levy, asks Adam Branson.

The lessons of a plan examination that will last two years

The lessons of a plan examination that will last two years

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's local plan examination will run for at least two years, according to the latest timetable. Commentators say this shows the potential dangers to councils of proposing to not meet housing need on green belt grounds.

What now for Scruton's beauty commission?

What now for Scruton's beauty commission?

The need to find a new chair for the government-appointed Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission following Sir Roger Scruton's sacking has raised questions about its ability to meet its target of reporting this year. But insiders say a lot of work has already been done, and that discussion has moved beyond architectural styles to other place-shaping factors.


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Briefing: Charting progress in the London Plan examination

Briefing: Charting progress in the London Plan examination

The examination into the draft London Plan ends in May. Questions remain on the plan's approach to housing, says Jonathan Bainbridge.

Policy summary: New edition of Wales' overarching planning policies

Policy summary: New edition of Wales' overarching planning policies

Policy: Planning Policy Wales - Edition 10.

Briefing: How new guidance says economic need should be assessed

Briefing: How new guidance says economic need should be assessed

Advice on assessments fills a gap in the guidance but fails to resolve key issues, say Cristina Howick and Richard Pestell.

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