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How the NPPF revisions change strategic plan-making

How the NPPF revisions change strategic plan-making

In the latest of a series of briefings on the final revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), we look at the new approach to strategic and non-strategic plan-making and examine responses to its introduction from key sector organisations.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has issued a ruling which confirms a recent landmark European court ruling on habitats regulations assessment (HRA) and, according to a legal expert, sets a 'higher bar' for applicants seeking consent in cases where mitigation measures seek to compensate for harm to a protected site.

Why authorities are considering stepped approach to delivery

Why authorities are considering stepped approach to delivery

Councils' proposals to introduce staged approaches to housing delivery in their local plans have prompted concerns that some are trying to sidestep their obligations.

New NPPF may favour development in unsustainable locations, says RTPI

New NPPF may favour development in unsustainable locations, says RTPI

The focus in the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the speed of housing delivery may favour development on 'remote locations' reliant on cars, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said in its response, published this week, to a government consultation on air quality.

Planners call for further action to turn proposed garden towns into reality

Planners call for further action to turn proposed garden towns into reality

Planning bodies have called for greater government financial support and measures to boost strategic planning to help the garden towns promoted in this week's government prospectus to come forward.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

Why NSIP route for shale projects may not ease consents process, by Angus Walker

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on whether, and if so how, shale gas or fracking projects - which term you prefer seems to indicate whether you are for or against them - should be brought within the Planning Act 2008 regime as a new type of nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP).

Government adviser's land value uplift proposals are worth noting, by Richard Garlick

During last year's election campaign, the Conservative and Labour parties said that they would pursue a greater share for the public purse of unearned gains conferred on landowners by planning permission or infrastructure development.

Local authorities need to look beyond big developers, by Joey Gardiner

The spectre of weakening housebuilding output has been raised by the government's latest quarterly housebuilding figures, which show yearon- year falls in both housing starts and completions.

Legal Viewpoint: Mitigation measures excluded from habitat screening stage

A European court ruling has overturned the UK position that planning authorities may take mitigation measures into account in determining whether an appropriate assessment is required under the Habitats Regulations.

The battle over the third runway at Heathrow airport is far from finished, by Richard Garlick

The government has taken an important step by publishing its airports national policy statement (NPS), supporting the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.

Planning policy-makers should take a trip to Germany, by Chris Brown

Last week I visited Freiburg in southern Germany and saw brilliant examples of planning in action in the recently completed suburban neighbourhoods of Vauban (5,000 population) and Rieselfeld (11,000).

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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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