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Johnson 'keen to start HS2 in north and postpone the southern section'

Johnson 'keen to start HS2 in north and postpone the southern section'

A report that the Prime Minister is in favour of starting the planned High Speed Two (HS2) line in the north of England and postponing the London to Birmingham branch features in today's newspaper round-up.

Doncaster consults on plan with housing target 60 per cent higher than standard method

Doncaster consults on plan with housing target 60 per cent higher than standard method

A Yorkshire council is consulting on a draft local plan that proposes a housing target almost 60 per cent higher than its local need figure as calculated using the government's new standard method.

Wycombe adopts local plan after inspector backs green belt and AONB release

Wycombe adopts local plan after inspector backs green belt and AONB release

Wycombe District Council has adopted its local plan after an inspector recommended a nine per cent increase in its housing target and backed the document's proposed release of 10 sites from the green belt and 12 sites from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for new development.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that three councils have submitted the first five-year housing land supply Annual Position Statements (APSs) for examination, with six more in the pipeline.

Plans submitted for 49,000 square metre industrial park on Yorkshire green belt site

Plans submitted for 49,000 square metre industrial park on Yorkshire green belt site

Plans have been submitted for a 49,000 square metre industrial park on a West Yorkshire green belt site, with the applicants arguing that a lack of employment land in the area helps provide the "very special circumstances" required to justify the proposal.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

Johnson's spell as mayor suggests focus on deregulation might be limited, by John Geoghegan

With Parliament in recess and the High Court closed, August is typically a month when planning policy and legal activity grinds to a halt. But this year, there's plenty for Planning readers to catch up on during their summer holidays.

Unlocking the value of planning data, by Euan Mills

Planning authorities are sitting on a wealth of valuable data locked away in planning documents. Now they need to learn how to make use of a resource that's entirely in their control.

History tells us not to put faith in freeports, by Cliff Hague

Freeports would be "essentially an exercise in non-plan. Small, selected areas of inner cities would simply be thrown open to all kinds of initiative with minimal control."

Government needs to back councils that plan across boundaries, by Catriona Riddell

In 2012, the coalition government introduced the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This focused plan-making at the local and neighbourhood level, with no statutory strategic planning tier following the abolition of regional strategies. Roll forward to 2019 and there is increasing recognition from ministers about the importance of long-term strategic planning to help boost housing supply.

The perils of prioritising tourism, by Cliff Hague

Venice, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Edinburgh. These are places identified by the website CNN Travel as hotspots for "overtourism". Last year the Oxford English Dictionary made overtourism one of its words of the year. So what does it mean for planning, placemaking and urban conservation?

Both candidates seem likely to be pro-development Prime Ministers, by Richard Garlick

Firm policy commitments from the two remaining Tory leadership candidates have been thin on the ground.

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Growth and Infrastructure Act: a primer

Growth and Infrastructure Act: a primer

On 6 September 2012 the government announced a fresh wave of planning reforms aimed at stimulating the housing market and driving economic growth. This page collates all the key events as details on the reforms.

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