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.
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.
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.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that consultancy GVA following is being acquired by a Canadian firm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Senior Planner Adlington Congleton, Cheshire
- Major Projects Team Leader Development Management Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
- Principal Planning Officer Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
- Planning Policy Officer Elmbridge Borough Council Esher, Surrey
- Town Planner / Senior AND Assistant Planner | Gloucestershire | Prestigious Consultancy Lewis Davey Gloucestershire
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.