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CIL Watch: Tower Hamlets legal challenge claims that ministers 'wanted to help developer avoid levy charge' in permitting 1,500-home scheme

CIL Watch: Tower Hamlets legal challenge claims that ministers 'wanted to help developer avoid levy charge' in permitting 1,500-home scheme

A London borough has accused the government of trying to help a developer avoid paying a community infrastructure levy in permitting plans for a 1,500-home scheme.

Kensington and Chelsea 'to host England's first fully virtual planning committee meeting'

Kensington and Chelsea 'to host England's first fully virtual planning committee meeting'

A London council is to this week hold what it claims is likely to be England's first "fully virtual" planning committee meeting since the government legislated to allow such events to be held remotely in response to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ministers say Sadiq Khan's housing record is 'deeply disappointing'. What does the data say?

Ministers say Sadiq Khan's housing record is 'deeply disappointing'. What does the data say?

In February, before the coronavirus made electioneering in the capital a less urgent priority, London mayor Sadiq Khan put out a press release. It revealed statistics showing that he was on course to meet his affordable housing target this year – to see work started on 17,000 affordable homes. If he achieves it, it will be the first time in four years he has come close to that kind of level.

Why Epping Forest Council's block on 100-plus housing applications due to air quality concerns is set to last for a while

Why Epping Forest Council's block on 100-plus housing applications due to air quality concerns is set to last for a while

Following Natural England concerns about the impact of new housing on air quality in a protected woodland, an Essex council has put the processing of more than 100 planning applications on hold, while the examination of its 11,400-home draft local plan has also ground to a half. Both the council and observers do not expect a solution to the planning impasse any time soon.

How the ruling rejecting Heathrow expansion will affect other projects and policies

How the ruling rejecting Heathrow expansion will affect other projects and policies

Experts predict that last week's landmark Court of Appeal ruling on Heathrow expansion will have wide-ranging consequences for how climate change is treated by the planning system and potentially puts a series of projects and policy documents at risk.

How we did it: Developing a digital tool to deal with planning enquiries

How we did it: Developing a digital tool to deal with planning enquiries

A digital tool that aims to answer applicants' planning queries before they submit their plans is already saving officers' time, writes Colin Marrs.