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Members unanimously approve green belt solar farm against officer advice

Members unanimously approve green belt solar farm against officer advice

Plans for a 38-hectare solar farm on green belt in Essex have been approved against the advice of planning officers, after members decided that the scheme’s provision of green energy constituted a “very special circumstance” necessary to justify consent.

Plans for 1,500-home hospital site revamp approved despite tall buildings policy departure

Plans for 1,500-home hospital site revamp approved despite tall buildings policy departure

Waltham Forest Council has approved a hybrid application for the 1,500-home 18-storey redevelopment of a hospital site after officers concluded that the “considerable, very significant and compelling” benefits of the scheme would outweigh its departure from local plan policies on tall buildings.

‘Housebuilder consults on plans for 1,350-home development’

‘Housebuilder consults on plans for 1,350-home development’

A report that a housebuilder is consulting on plans for almost 1,350 new homes in Gloucestershire leads our roundup of today's news.

Plans submitted for 1,600-home east London development

Plans submitted for 1,600-home east London development

Plans have been submitted for a 1,600-home scheme, part of the continued redevelopment of Aberfeldy Village in Poplar, east London.

GPDO In Depth & Comment

Three reasons for low morale at planning authorities, by Catriona Riddell

Three reasons for low morale at planning authorities, by Catriona Riddell

Although not formally on the agenda for the Planning for Housing conference recently hosted by Planning magazine, a common theme throughout the day was current low morale across local authority planning departments.

Why ministerial refusal of Tory donor's 1,524 homes indicates heightened importance of design and heritage in decision-making

Why ministerial refusal of Tory donor's 1,524 homes indicates heightened importance of design and heritage in decision-making

A minister has refused plans for a 1,500-home scheme that was controversially approved by the previous housing secretary before that decision was quashed in the courts. Commentators said the latest refusal indicates the increasing weight given to design and heritage impacts in decision-making as well as potential ministerial caution following government scandals and controversy.

Neighbourhood Watch: Council left with deciding vote after split decision on east London plan

Neighbourhood Watch: Council left with deciding vote after split decision on east London plan

Tower Hamlets Council will have to decide on whether to approve the Spitalfields neighbourhood plan after two referendums failed to achieve a consensus.

The significance of the secretary of state’s rejection of the ‘Tulip’ skyscraper

The significance of the secretary of state’s rejection of the ‘Tulip’ skyscraper

A ministerial refusal of plans for a striking City of London tower reflects tougher national policies on design and the new importance of sustainability, say practitioners, as well as new tall building restrictions introduced by the London mayor.


Policy Briefings

How the National Model Design Code changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How the National Model Design Code changes the system: the Planning Briefing

The new guidance sets out design considerations that local planning authorities will be expected to take into account when developing local design codes and guides

How the latest NPPF revisions change the system: the Planning Briefing

How the latest NPPF revisions change the system: the Planning Briefing

Amendments that foster ‘beautiful’ places, reinforce the private sector’s role in design codes and require a longer horizon for development plan policies are among confirmed changes to the framework

How new PD rights for commercial and public buildings, ports and statues change the system: the Planning Briefing

How new PD rights for commercial and public buildings, ports and statues change the system: the Planning Briefing

Planners foresee plenty of interest in the new rights, and councils should be prepared for a flurry of applications in August.