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High Court overturns inspector's 'absurd' decision to back CIL self build exemption

High Court overturns inspector's 'absurd' decision to back CIL self build exemption

A High Court judge has quashed a planning inspector's 'plainly absurd' decision and backed a council in a dispute over whether a self builder was entitled to an exemption from a community infrastructure levy (CIL) charge.

Croydon consults on removing permitted development rights for HMOs

Croydon consults on removing permitted development rights for HMOs

A south London council is proposing to introduce an order that would require planning permission for the conversion of properties into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in an effort to protect family homes.

Listed building demolition lands pair £20,000 fine

Listed building demolition lands pair £20,000 fine

A report that two men will have to pay more than £20,000 after pleading guilty to unlawfully demolishing a listed building in Lancashire features in today's newspaper round-up.

Think-tank calls for scrapping of London Plan space standards to support 'micro-homes'

Think-tank calls for scrapping of London Plan space standards to support 'micro-homes'

The emerging London Plan should be amended to remove minimum space requirements for co-living units and "micro-homes" in order to help the capital become "a denser, more liveable city", a report by free market think-tank the Adam Smith Institute has recommended.

Planning consultancies appointed to Homes England advisory panel

Planning consultancies appointed to Homes England advisory panel

A raft of planning consultancies have been appointed to advise the government's housing agency on planning and development matters, it has been announced.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

Draft levy regulations offer clarity in some areas, complexity in others, by Richard Garlick

Just before Christmas, the government issued draft regulations for amending the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the charge that councils can apply to development, and the broader developer contributions system (see News Analysis p09).

The fall and rise of DCO applications, by Angus Walker

In August 2017 there were only four live applications for Development Consent Orders for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs), the lowest figure for six years, and this had only risen to six by May 2018.

Planning goes against our national character, by Graeme Bell

Sir Peter Hall rushed in grinning broadly. 'Graeme, you must go to Japan. I've just travelled on the latest bullet train and it's brilliant.' Peter was my chairman at the Town and Country Planning Association and I was used to him arriving for meetings hotfoot from Heathrow. However, Japan wasn't on my bucket list, until, that is this spring.

Raynsford makes a compelling case for radical reform of the system, by Richard Garlick

The Raynsford review of the planning system makes sobering reading. It confronts planning professionals with some uncomfortable truths, not least that some "extremely poor quality" development is emerging from the system.

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.

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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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