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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.
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.
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).
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.
- Enforcement Officer Medway Council Chatham, Kent
- Planning Officer (Career Grades) Sevenoaks District Council Sevenoaks, Kent
- Planner Medway Council Chatham, Kent
- Strategic Projects Manager (Planning Delivery) upto £54,656 Lewis Davey Shefford, Bedfordshire
- Specialist Planning Officer Development Management Wokingham Borough Council Shute End Offices, Wokingham Borough Council
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.