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Devon joint strategic plan set for 16-month delay after councils change control

Devon joint strategic plan set for 16-month delay after councils change control

Preparation of a joint strategic plan in Devon looks set to be delayed by almost a year and a half after work was suspended to take into account changes in political administrations across the county.

Central Bedfordshire hits out at local plan inspectors over 'withheld' documents

Central Bedfordshire hits out at local plan inspectors over 'withheld' documents

A local authority in Bedfordshire has accused two planning inspectors of withholding crucial correspondence in relation to its local plan examination after the inspectors raised "serious concerns" about aspects of the document.

Judge overturns Cheshire waste plant consent due to insufficient information in officer's report

Judge overturns Cheshire waste plant consent due to insufficient information in officer's report

A High Court judge has overturned a Cheshire council's planning consent for a waste transfer and treatment facility after she concluded that planning committee members had not been provided with sufficient information by officers to reach a conclusion on the suitability of an alternative site for the scheme.

Johnson 'put pressure on TfL to speed garden bridge development process'

Johnson 'put pressure on TfL to speed garden bridge development process'

A claim by the London Assembly that mayoral agency Transport for London (TfL) was put under "significant pressure" by Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London to "speed up the planning and development" of the failed garden bridge project features in today's newspaper round-up.

GPDO In Depth & Comment

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

A proposed permitted development right for upward extensions would be subject to prior approval design checks, the government has confirmed. Practitioners say interest in using the right will be strongest in urban areas, but warn that it could generate widespread community objections

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

The High Court has confirmed that local planning authorities do not have the power to extend the determination period for prior approval applications where the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) specifies a deadline for determination.

Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

The yacht lurches, the mooring lines groan, the halyards slap noisily against the mast, rain lashes the pontoon. I write this from the cabin of a yacht on the south coast, storm bound as the last knockings of Hurricane Lorenzo pass through.

How the 'freedom' to demolish office buildings for new homes would work

How the 'freedom' to demolish office buildings for new homes would work

The government has renewed its plans to allow offices to be demolished and replaced with new homes. But the latest proposals envisage more control over the consent process for councils than previously suggested. Some commentators say this will soften council opposition. But others raise concerns about loss of commercial floorspace and a lack of developer interest.


Policy Briefings

Need to know: What new guidance on wind will mean for City planners

Need to know: What new guidance on wind will mean for City planners

The City of London Corporation has published the first set of rules governing when wind assessments are required for planning applications.

Need to know: What planners need to know about new land use guidance

Need to know: What planners need to know about new land use guidance

The latest guidance is likely to mean councils having to be more rigorous in protecting allocated employment sites yet to be developed, says Chris Marsh.

Policy Summary: Guidance for local authorities on the role of planning in climate change adaptation

Policy Summary: Guidance for local authorities on the role of planning in climate change adaptation

POLICY: Preparing for a Changing Climate: Good Practice Guidance for Local Government.