Business secretary Alok Sharma has refused consent for plans to extend a wind farm in the Thames Estuary due to concerns that it would interfere with shipping.
Plans have been approved for 827 homes in two high-density developments in London's Old Kent Road regeneration zone, in line with recommendations from planners who advised that both schemes would deliver policy-compliant affordable housing levels.
The planning system is currently preventing the delivery of adequate levels of accommodation for older people, with most councils "indifferent" to their needs and "not interested" in retirement housing, a report by a think tank has concluded.
Plans have been submitted for a 634-unit residential scheme in three towers rising up to 37 storeys in Manchester, with the applicants arguing that the scheme cannot deliver a policy-compliant affordable housing level due to "clear viability constraints".
A Surrey council's local plan, which includes proposals for the deallocation of green belt land to provide for a 1,700-home development, has been found sound by a planning inspector who concluded that the authority's green belt review was "robust".
Since, broadly speaking, the distant consequences of actions are more uncertain than the immediate consequences, it is seldom justifiable to embark on any policy on the ground that, though harmful in the present, it will be beneficial in the long run.”
The world has changed dramatically since less than two months ago, in ways that have affected every aspect of daily life. My area of work, infrastructure planning, is no different and has seen initial delays but some subsequent progress, albeit at a slower rate and in different ways to before.
For many years, the development industry has been unanimous in saying that the duty for planning authorities to cooperate with each other on the preparation of strategic policies does not work.
Now that there have been a few weeks to start digesting the impact of the coronavirus lockdown, attention has inevitably turned to the potential long-term implications for the planning system.
Remember 9/11? In the immediate aftermath of the destruction of New York's Twin Towers, pundits predicted that nobody would build high any more. Look at the skylines of today's global cities and see what happened.
There has been a glut of new regulation and advice about how to deal with planning in a socially distanced world. A great deal of effort has been spent solving immediate problems, possibly at the expense of looking at more important long-term issues.
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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.