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Johnson pledges 'sensible changes to planning law'

Johnson pledges 'sensible changes to planning law'

A pledge from Tory leadership favourite Boris Johnson to implement "sensible changes to planning law" to speed up the roll-out of fast broadband features in today's newspaper round-up.

Councillors overrule planners to refuse 250-home Berkshire urban extension

Councillors overrule planners to refuse 250-home Berkshire urban extension

Wokingham Borough Council members have turned down proposals for 249 homes on a greenfield site allocated for housing in the authority's local plan, against the advice of officers.

Electric cars 'will free-up urban space'

Electric cars 'will free-up urban space'

An article looking at 'the future of urban mobility', including speculation that self-driving cars could 'free up a lot of space' in cities, features in today's newspaper round-up.

Report reveals wide variation in major scheme approval rates by London boroughs

Report reveals wide variation in major scheme approval rates by London boroughs

Three London boroughs approved 100 per cent of all the major applications going before councillors in the past year, with the bottom two performers only managing 50 per cent, according to new research.

What the new requirement for councils to publish infrastructure funding statements means for you

What the new requirement for councils to publish infrastructure funding statements means for you

A new requirement for councils to produce and maintain statements detailing developer contributions funding and spending will place new burdens on them, observers predict, but will also present opportunities for both authorities and applicants.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

Planning should focus on quality of life, by Catriona Riddell

Last November's Raynsford Review of the planning system, commissioned by the Town and Country Planning Association campaign group, attempted to redefine the purpose of planning.

The election results are a reminder of how hard it is to plan with residents' consent, by Richard Garlick

Local authorities are getting the government's message that they must plan for the development that their areas need.

City growth will always magnify inequality without civic action, by Cliff Hague

Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.

Britain needs new infrastructure to compete, by Graeme Bell

Britain open for business? Who do they think they're kidding? The mere fact that successive governments feel impelled to trot out the mantra betrays the truth.

Infrastructure policy has dried up, by Angus Walker

One of the cornerstones of the infrastructure planning regime created by the Planning Act 2008 is that policy, and in particular the need for projects, is declared in advance rather than being argued over when individual applications are made. The statements containing such policy are called National Policy Statements (NPSs).

Funding education through developer contributions will be challenging, by Richard Garlick

New guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) reinforces the message in recent planning guidance revisions that new school places necessitated by development should be funded through developer contributions.

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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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