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Surrey green belt garden village blocked by new secretary of state

Surrey green belt garden village blocked by new secretary of state

Plans for more than 1,000 homes on green belt land in Surrey have been turned down in new housing secretary James Brokenshire's first recovered appeal decision, issued yesterday.

Romanians now 'second most common non-British nationals in the UK'

Romanians now 'second most common non-British nationals in the UK'

A report on new government population figures revealing changing migration trends features in today's newspaper round-up.

800 green belt homes approved by Broxbourne council

800 green belt homes approved by Broxbourne council

Broxbourne Borough Council has approved three planning applications for 800 homes on green belt land after officers decided that the benefits of the schemes outweighed the potential harm.

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Mayoral monitor: the planning progress made by England's metro mayors

Mayoral monitor: the planning progress made by England's metro mayors

What progress have the mayors of England's combined authorities made on key planning issues in their first 12 months in office? Mark Wilding reports.

Policy Briefing: Are London developers giving up on tall buildings?

Policy Briefing: Are London developers giving up on tall buildings?

Does a drop in the number of planning applications for tall buildings indicate a trend or a blip? Grant Leggett weighs up the issue.

The planning standoff in the Sheffield city-region

The planning standoff in the Sheffield city-region

A dispute between the four local authorities that make up the Sheffield City Region is holding back significant powers for the newly elected mayor, writes Adam Branson.

Policy Summary: Involving communities in decision-making that may have an impact on land

Policy Summary: Involving communities in decision-making that may have an impact on land

POLICY: Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land.


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Legal Viewpoint: Steering clear of errors in planning consent process

Two recent court judgments have highlighted the importance of being alive to the potential for errors in the decision-making process.

Lessons to learn from Greek tragedy, by Cliff Hague

Greece has dropped out of the headlines, but the impacts of decade-long austerity measures are brutal.

Innovation needed to deliver homes for an ageing population, by Chris Brown

I'm working with specialist housing provider Tonic to deliver LGBT+ affirmative older people's intergenerational housing in London to provide an exemplar for the industry, as there are too many harrowing stories about older people having to go back into the closet when entering age-designated housing.

Danger of a rush to strategic plans if they replace rather than add to local plans, by Richard Garlick

Where more than two or three planners are gathered together, there will usually be positive things said about the benefits of planning across local authority boundaries.

Hard work ahead for councils, by Catriona Riddell

With the local elections out of the way, and the consultation on the government's planning changes over, councils will be asking themselves what it all means.

Legal Viewpoint: Decision highlights need for clear evidence on viability

Last month's High Court ruling on the Parkhurst Road development in north London has attracted wide attention.The headline planning point is that overpaying for a site, even to a government department, will not allow developers to reduce their affordable housing offer. The judgment, however, is worth reading for more than that.

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