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Peter Brett Associates announces merger intentions

Peter Brett Associates announces merger intentions

Planning, development and infrastructure consultancy Peter Brett Associates (PBA) has signed a 'letter of intent' to join forces with Canadian-based consultancy Stantec.

Government publishes garden towns prospectus

Government publishes garden towns prospectus

The government has invited councils and developers to bid for support and funding to deliver 'discrete new settlements' or 'transformational' redevelopments of existing settlements, under criteria set out in its garden communities prospectus published today.

Briefing: How the NPPF revisions change the system

Briefing: How the NPPF revisions change the system

Planning's essential briefing on the key changes in the final revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

How the NPPF revisions would change the system, Part 5: the presumption in favour of sustainable development

How the NPPF revisions would change the system, Part 5: the presumption in favour of sustainable development

In the latest of a series of briefings on the final revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), we look at the updated presumption in favour of sustainable development and examine responses from the sector.

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Legal Viewpoint: Framework opens the door for entry-level exceptions

Legal Viewpoint: Framework opens the door for entry-level exceptions

The recently revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) introduces the new concept of 'entry-level exception sites' into planning.

How dispute between minister and mayor could affect London strategy

How dispute between minister and mayor could affect London strategy

The housing secretary's forceful criticism of the emerging London Plan may delay the draft strategy's progress, observers fear.

Why sector remains worried by new NPPF's reduced focus on employment

Why sector remains worried by new NPPF's reduced focus on employment

While new policy support for the logistics sector has been welcomed, economic development observers are concerned that employment objectives have been diluted in last month's revised National Planning Policy Framework.

Why innuendo cries out for rapid action, by Graeme Bell

Why innuendo cries out for rapid action, by Graeme Bell

"They're lying on the planning application." "But there's nothing we can do." "They're powerful enough to get what they want without breaking the law." "That's why it pays to be friends with them. Yeah, they all watch each other's backs."


Policy Briefings

Policy Briefing: What finalised regulations on new towns mean for planners

Policy Briefing: What finalised regulations on new towns mean for planners

Powers to establish locally led new town corporations aim to give councils a lead role in home delivery, say Stephen Hill and Rob Smith.

Policy Summary: The planning appeal inquiries review - terms of reference

Policy Summary: The planning appeal inquiries review - terms of reference

POLICY: Planning appeal inquiries review: terms of reference.

Policy Summary: The planning appeal inquiries review - terms of reference

Policy Summary: The planning appeal inquiries review - terms of reference

POLICY: Planning appeal inquiries review - terms of reference

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