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Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Interim recommendations by the government's design quality commission would place "beauty" at the heart of the planning system. Commentators expect the new Prime Minister to take forward the agenda, but suggest that under-resourced councils might struggle to push for higher design standards.

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

A Berkshire council's attempt to secure the backing of local residents to depart from the government's standard housing need method in its new local plan is unlikely to cut any ice with planning inspectors, say observers.

How a council's attempt to overturn an inspector's assessment of its housing land supply foundered in court

How a council's attempt to overturn an inspector's assessment of its housing land supply foundered in court

A High Court ruling has dismissed a council's attempt to challenge an aspect of an appeal decision, which found it had an inadequate housing land supply. But a key issue of whether housing oversupply should be taken into account for land supply calculations has been left unresolved, say legal experts.

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