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Welsh ministers grant consent for 50MW solar farm and battery storage hub

Welsh ministers grant consent for 50MW solar farm and battery storage hub

The Welsh Government has given the go-ahead to a 50MW solar farm and battery storage hub near Newport, with the potential to power 15,000 homes.

Scottish Planning Bill amendment introduces statutory chief planner role

Scottish Planning Bill amendment introduces statutory chief planner role

Members of the Scottish Parliament have amended the Planning (Scotland) Bill to include a statutory requirement for local authorities to appoint a chief planning officer.

How the restored ability to pool developer contributions could boost regeneration

How the restored ability to pool developer contributions could boost regeneration

Removing a ban on combining five or more section 106 planning gain payments to pay for infrastructure will allow councils to speed up delivery on large strategic sites, experts predict.

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 consultancy GVA following is being acquired by a Canadian firm.

CIL Watch: Report highlights over £443 million of unspent CIL cash

CIL Watch: Report highlights over £443 million of unspent CIL cash

Over £443 million of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts have remained unspent by local authorities over the past three and a half years, according to a report.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

Shared ambition key at local level, by Catriona Riddell

Planning was front and centre at this year's Conservative Party Conference. Housing minister Kit Malthouse made it clear that the government wants to see local authorities planning jointly at county or regional level.

There is little proof that neighbourhood plans help housing delivery, by Richard Garlick

Neighbourhood plans are here to stay. The latest government figures show that more than 2,400 groups have started on producing one. They are without equal as mechanisms for engaging local people in the planning system.

Government is ignoring the housebuilding facts to suit its own narrative, by Chris Brown

It's been fascinating to watch how politicians and vested interests have gyrated with the news that the Office for National Statistics' annual household formation rate projections for England have dropped by 50,000 a year.

Legal Viewpoint: Judgment clarifies status of historical obligations

The High Court has clarified the tests required to remove historic planning obligations. It concluded that an obligation imposed in 1998 requiring a developer to pay 75 per cent of the cost of a road built by a Nottinghamshire council still served a useful purpose, even though it was not 'necessary' to make the development in question acceptable.

Legal Viewpoint: Report sets new directions on infrastructure for growth

This month's Commons housing, communities and local government select committee land value capture inquiry report highlights ways the planning system can anticipate and recover the costs of infrastructure needed to deliver growth.

Why we shouldn't abandon all hope (value), by Joey Gardiner

Hope value is the name attributed to value given to land by the prospect of a future planning permission - a permission that might be the difference between £10,000 per hectare agricultural value and £1m per hectare-plus residential price.

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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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