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Corby allows huge logistics scheme on unallocated site despite local plan officers' concerns

Corby allows huge logistics scheme on unallocated site despite local plan officers' concerns

Corby Borough Council has given the green light to plans for a 400,000 square metre logistics scheme on open countryside despite the authority’s own local plan officers’ expressing concerns that the site is not allocated for development.

Brent gives go-ahead to 509-home scheme on industrial site

Brent gives go-ahead to 509-home scheme on industrial site

The London Borough of Brent has given the go-ahead to plans for a 509-home mixed-use scheme on a designated industrial site, despite the loss of commercial floorspace.

New demolition and upwards extension permitted development rights will be introduced this month, says Jenrick

New demolition and upwards extension permitted development rights will be introduced this month, says Jenrick

New permitted development (PD) rights allowing vacant commercial and residential buildings to be demolished for new housing and individual homes to extend upwards will be introduced "before the summer recess", the housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said.

The implications of automatically extending consents due to lapse in the pandemic

The implications of automatically extending consents due to lapse in the pandemic

Plans to allow automatic extensions to planning permissions that are due to lapse during the Covid-19 crisis have finally been confirmed by the government, to the relief of the development sector. But the new measures throw up some potential challenges for decision-makers and developers where consents have already lapsed, say observers.

GPDO In Depth & Comment

How We Did It: Conducting virtual site visits during the Covid-19 lockdown

How We Did It: Conducting virtual site visits during the Covid-19 lockdown

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, planning officers at the London Borough of Haringey have been using 3D mapping technology to assess proposals in lieu of being able to physically visit application sites. By Mark Wilding.

Zoning will only work if implementing a wider vision, by Catriona Riddell

Zoning will only work if implementing a wider vision, by Catriona Riddell

It will be thirty years this month since I started as a graduate planner. During the decades I have experienced lots of changes to the system, all of which aimed to deliver a faster and fairer approach to planning.

Why the new upwards extension permitted development right for blocks of flats may have limited uptake

Why the new upwards extension permitted development right for blocks of flats may have limited uptake

A new permitted development right allowing two-storey upwards extensions to purpose-built blocks of flats to create new homes comes into force next month.

In Pictures: the products of permitted development

In Pictures: the products of permitted development

The homes converted from office blocks under permitted development rights currently being reviewed by the government.


Policy Briefings

The implications of government proposals to speed up planning: The Planning Briefing

The implications of government proposals to speed up planning: The Planning Briefing

We examine measures promised by ministers for the planning White Paper. By David Blackman.

Need to know: New advice for surveyors on viability assessment

Need to know: New advice for surveyors on viability assessment

What are the main changes in RICS' revised professional guidance on development viability in planning? By Chris Marsh.

How the Environment Bill will change the planning system: the Planning briefing

How the Environment Bill will change the planning system: the Planning briefing

How the revised legislation will affect applicants and authorities. By Isabella Kaminski.