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Neighbourhood Watch: Pandemic leads to referendum cancellations

Neighbourhood Watch: Pandemic leads to referendum cancellations

News that the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of a series of neighbourhood plan referendums features in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

10 key things that happened last week

10 key things that happened last week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government is quickly legislating to allow planning committee meetings to be held remotely in order help the system adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

The implications of delegated and virtual decision-making

The implications of delegated and virtual decision-making

Local authorities are looking at using emergency delegated powers and a system of 'virtual' planning committees to allow decision-making to continue during the coronavirus outbreak. But practitioners warn that delegated powers are likely to be suitable for just a limited number of applications, while virtual committees face technical challenges and are likely to limit public participation.

RTPI, BPF and HBF call for ministers to allow English permissions to extend during pandemic

RTPI, BPF and HBF call for ministers to allow English permissions to extend during pandemic

Developers, housebuilders and planners have urged the government to follow Scotland's lead and allow the automatic extensions of planning permissions due to expire during the coronavirus crisis, with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) describing the move as a "measured and pragmatic approach" in "unprecedented times".

GPDO In Depth & Comment

Virus lockdown has highlighted the things that should matter most to planners, by Catriona Riddell

Virus lockdown has highlighted the things that should matter most to planners, by Catriona Riddell

During this current COVID-19 crisis we are in uncharted territory and are being asked to live one day at a time and not plan for tomorrow.

Efforts to keep the system moving through the pandemic are essential, by Richard Garlick

Efforts to keep the system moving through the pandemic are essential, by Richard Garlick

As we went to press, strenuous efforts were being made to keep the planning system moving in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why councils may struggle to meet the government's new local plan deadline

Why councils may struggle to meet the government's new local plan deadline

Some practitioners say the government's latest December 2023 deadline for local plan adoption is an ambitious target that, given the slow progress of plan production to date, will be a challenge for many councils to meet. However, other observers say it should be achievable given the timescale.

The five top-rated junior planning barristers under 35 2020: profiles

The five top-rated junior planning barristers under 35 2020: profiles


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.