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Inspector finds special circumstances to justify new homes in Essex green belt

Inspector finds special circumstances to justify new homes in Essex green belt

A planning inspector has granted permission on appeal for nearly 40 homes in the Epping Forest green belt after finding "very special circumstances" in favour of the proposal, including the provision of new market and affordable housing in light of the council's inadequate land supply.

Milton Keynes formally adopts 26,500-home local plan

Milton Keynes formally adopts 26,500-home local plan

Milton Keynes Council has formally adopted its local plan, which proposes the delivery of 26,500 new homes up to 2031.

Minister pledges to revise Scottish planning bill to cut its 'eye-watering' £75m cost for councils

Minister pledges to revise Scottish planning bill to cut its 'eye-watering' £75m cost for councils

The Scottish Government has outlined plans to roll back changes to its controversial planning bill after a Holyrood study found that it would increase costs to local authorities by up to £75 million over 10 years.

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Interview: Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor

Interview: Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor

The metro mayor talks exclusively to Planning on negotiating infrastructure funding with central government, housing numbers and development corporations

Briefing: How to write statements of common ground

Briefing: How to write statements of common ground

Authorities' statements of common ground will need to show how strategic issues are being tackled, writes Derek Stebbing.

How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 1: the standard method for assessing housing need

The government published a small but important revision to the NPPF related to the standard method for assessing housing need in February 2019.

How the February 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system: the Planning Briefing

How the February 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system: the Planning Briefing

How and when February 2019's revisions change policy and guidance, and the practical implications for practitioners.


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Legal Viewpoint: Strategic assessment held inapplicable to framework

Earlier this month, the High Court handed down judgment on a challenge to the secretary of state's decision to publish the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the basis that it should have undergone strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

Promised guidance will dictate who foots the bill for greater housebuilding diversity, by Chris Brown

There were widespread rumours over the last few months that civil servants in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) were not over-enthusiastic about delivering the Letwin approach to speeding up housing delivery.

Councils' strategies for housing provision are under greater scrutiny than ever, by Richard Garlick

With its revisions to planning policy and guidance for England published last month, the government is in some ways easing pressure on planning authorities in high housing growth areas to provide for more homes, and in other ways increasing it.

Legal Viewpoint: Why decision-takers cannot ignore appeal precedents

The need for consistency in decision-making was emphasised in a recent High Court ruling on a developer's challenge to an inspector's refusal to grant planning permission for 135 dwellings outside a Bedfordshire village's defined settlement envelope.

Planners need youthful input, by Cliff Hague

The recent international strikes by school students in protest at government inaction on climate change should reinvigorate jaded planners.

The government's housing delivery test has immediately shown its teeth, by Richard Garlick

In recent years, threats of government sanctions against under-performing planning authorities have begun to ring rather hollow.

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