Growth & Infrastructure Act

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Local elections: Changes in council control that are likely to impact on planning - results so far

Local elections: Changes in council control that are likely to impact on planning - results so far

A number of councils around the country are likely to change control following yesterday's local elections, which is set to impact on planning and development in those areas. Below we highlight the key results as they come in as well as the overall picture.

Prince Charles 'faces bruising planning row over Lambeth County Court development'

Prince Charles 'faces bruising planning row over Lambeth County Court development'

A report suggesting that HRH the Prince of Wales could be facing a “bruising planning row” with well-to-do south London residents near the site of a development proposed by his property company leads today’s media round-up.

Neighbourhood Watch: Government to pilot ‘simpler approach’ to neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood Watch: Government to pilot ‘simpler approach’ to neighbourhood plans

Communities will be encouraged to develop light-touch documents setting out development priorities for their areas, under plans to make neighbourhood planning "simpler and quicker".

The planning measures we can expect in next week's Queen's Speech

The planning measures we can expect in next week's Queen's Speech

The announcement of a new planning bill to implement some of the key proposals in last summer’s planning white paper is expected to feature in the Queen's Speech next week, according to reports. However, observers believe the housing ministry will struggle to develop the necessary details so that the bill is ready for publication later this year and are sceptical that the proposed new infrastructure levy will be included in it.

Green light for Homes England-backed 700-home mixed-use scheme in Basildon

Green light for Homes England-backed 700-home mixed-use scheme in Basildon

Plans for a large mixed-use scheme in Basildon comprising 700 homes and 25,000 square metres of employment space have been approved after officers advised that the proposal would provide "much needed residential development" in a "sustainable urban location" and the council could not demonstrate a five-year land housing supply.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

Legal Viewpoint: Take notice of strict rules on levy liability timescales

A recent High Court decision on a case from Hertfordshire is a reminder to both developers and local planning authorities that following the precise letter of the law is paramount when it comes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

How to meet the challenges posed by polarisation of local politics, by Catriona Riddell

As we await the results of this year’s local elections, the increased use of digital technology has widened the debate around some very complex issues, but also made the debate increasingly polarised.

Letter: It’s time to make tough decisions about the Oxford-Cambridge arc

The recent abandonment of the expressway linking Oxford and Cambridge is the latest indication that key issues must be addressed over the Oxford-Cambridge arc, with the question still remaining over what it actually is and what it is really for.

Letter: Government u-turn on raising the affordable housing exemption threshold is very welcome

The government’s recent announcement that it will not be raising the affordable housing exemption threshold from 10 to 50 units is great news for housing associations.

A year on: How Covid has changed planning forever, by Catriona Riddell

As we pass the one year mark from our first Covid lockdown, many will be reflecting on the changes this exceptional year has brought to the world, including the way we plan places.

Legal Viewpoint: Wind farm ruling sheds light on assessment of cumulative impacts

Last month, the High Court quashed a development consent order (DCO) for the gargantuan 158-turbine Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The ruling means that the case requires redetermination and could affect another nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) decision due imminently.

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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.