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Planners want post-Brexit flexibility in meeting environmental standards, says RTPI study

Planners want post-Brexit flexibility in meeting environmental standards, says RTPI study

Brexit provides an opportunity to review the way planning policies protect the environment, according to a study by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Inspector gives go ahead to final section of UK-Denmark electricity link

Inspector gives go ahead to final section of UK-Denmark electricity link

Plans for the last section of a new high voltage electricity link between Britain and Denmark have been given the green light by a planning inspector, overturning a council's refusal over landscape impact concerns.

Ministers table neighbourhood planning amendments in light of EU court ruling

Ministers table neighbourhood planning amendments in light of EU court ruling

The government has published amendments to neighbourhood planning regulations following a landmark European court ruling on habitats assessments earlier this year and has promised imminent new guidance on the "implications of the judgment".

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Why a court ruling will force ministers to explain decisions

Why a court ruling will force ministers to explain decisions

A Court of Appeal ruling over the controversial Paddington Cube scheme in central London should boost transparency around government call-in decisions, say observers.

What appeal court ruling on heritage means for planners

What appeal court ruling on heritage means for planners

A judgment allowing new homes near a grade I listed country house in Derbyshire confirms that planners and inspectors should take a broader view when assessing heritage impacts and not just consider the visual effects, say commentators.

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

Preserving listed buildings' heritage was key to approval for a modern school and homes, says Mark Wilding.

CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

Residential developments near to a Special Protection Area (SPA) would be required to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge of more than £400 per square metre on top of an existing tariff intended to mitigate the effects of development on the designated landscape under proposals unveiled this week by a Surrey council.