A proliferation of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in one area have long prompted worries in local government. But it's rare to hear a councillor literally call for the nuclear option during a planning committee meeting. Especially not a former mayor talking about his own town.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that housing and planning minister Esther McVey has said that "greenfield land" should be developed only in "the most exceptional circumstances".
A London borough has announced plans to introduce development principles that would allow it to build more upwards extensions on existing residential properties to create "potentially thousands" of new social homes.
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Our analysis tells you which councils approve the highest proportion of permitted development applications to convert offices to housing, which grounds for refusal are hardest to overturn at appeal, and much more.
This autumn is due to see a series of key policy developments. Colin Marrs looks ahead.
Local industrial strategies can provide the basis for councils to go for ambitious levels of housing and employment growth, but development plans will need to allocate land to reflect their priorities, say commentators.
Seven local planning authorities (LPAs) could be at risk of 'special measures' designation after the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released its latest set of planning performance statistics, it has emerged.
Government's Yellowhammer documents barely consider regional impacts of a no-deal Brexit, by Cliff Hague
The Operation Yellowhammer report has been prised into the public realm, setting out the government's "reasonable worst case planning assumptions" for a No-Deal Brexit on 31 October, as they were on 2 August.
To what extent will the courts be prepared to become involved in claims raising purely "academic" arguments?
We aren't short of guidance on what makes a good place so it's intriguing to see Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) commissioning consultancy Tibbalds to write a 'visual design guide' to form part of the Planning Practice Guidance supporting the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
In May this year the government declared a climate change emergency which was soon followed by many local authorities across the country declaring their own climate change emergencies.
In furtherance of a pledge made by Boris Johnson during his leadership campaign, the government has launched a review of HS2. Does that mean it is the beginning of the end of the project?
With Parliament in recess and the High Court closed, August is typically a month when planning policy and legal activity grinds to a halt. But this year, there's plenty for Planning readers to catch up on during their summer holidays.