Watford's elected mayor has written to housing secretary James Brokenshire urging him to review residential permitted development (PD) rights, saying it "beggars belief" that plans to convert an industrial building into a housing scheme featuring windowless flats were allowed on appeal.
A major mixed-use development including 538 homes and two 12-storey tower blocks has been approved for a key site in Reading town centre, despite the proposal falling short of local affordable housing requirements.
The High Court has overturned an appeal decision granting retrospective permission for a mosque that had been operating unlawfully on a builder's yard in north London, after the judge found the inspector had made a "fundamental defect" by not properly considering the "highly contentious planning issues" involved.
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Planners will need to become familiarised with key design principles when assessing proposals, say David Birkbeck and Dr Stefan Kruczkowski.
A new generation of sub-regional strategic plans are being prepared in five different areas of England. But their progress faces a number of hurdles, Adam Branson finds.
Early dialogue and quality design helped to overcome challenges to approval for this mosque in Cambridge, writes Colin Marrs.
Theresa May's valedictory comments to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg - "I underestimated people's entrenched positions" - are unlikely to be voiced by anyone who has had recent experience of planning.
The public needs to see that the standard method is free from political tinkering, by Richard Garlick
Plenty of planning authorities will be finding the figures generated by the government's standard method for assessing housing need uncomfortably large.
The partnership between the City of Toronto and Google's Sidewalk Labs is one of the most interesting examples of a technology company moving into property development. Two years ago, Sidewalk Labs won a proposal to develop just under five hectares of Toronto's eastern waterfront.
Venice, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Edinburgh. These are places identified by the website CNN Travel as hotspots for "overtourism". Last year the Oxford English Dictionary made overtourism one of its words of the year. So what does it mean for planning, placemaking and urban conservation?
Paragraph 11(d) of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) triggers a tilted balance in favour of sustainable development where there are no relevant development plan policies or where those policies "most important for determining the application are out of date".
Firm policy commitments from the two remaining Tory leadership candidates have been thin on the ground.