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Small sites affordable housing policy upheld

An inspector found good reason to depart from national affordable housing policy and refused permission for the conversion of a care home into six flats in a Sussex city.

Cambridgeshire council adopts new 20,000-home local plan

Cambridgeshire council adopts new 20,000-home local plan

Huntingdonshire District Council in Cambridgeshire has formally adopted its new local plan.

New London Plan 'ban on takeaways near schools is racist', claims author

New London Plan 'ban on takeaways near schools is racist', claims author

News that an author has described one the mayor of London's new planning policy banning takeaways near schools as "racist" features in today's newspaper round-up.

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How strategic arrangements in the Thames estuary could pan out

How strategic arrangements in the Thames estuary could pan out

The government has backed proposals to revive joined-up growth arrangements for the Thames Estuary. But what does it mean for planning in the subregion, Adam Branson asks.

Policy Summary: Government updates guidance on Planning Inspectorate fees for major infrastructure applications

Policy Summary: Government updates guidance on Planning Inspectorate fees for major infrastructure applications

POLICY: Planning Act 2008: Infrastructure Planning (Fees) Regulations 2010.

How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

Adopting a more proactive role in protecting heritage led Sefton Council to create a new post to take on the task, Mark Wilding reports.

What council declarations of 'climate change emergency' mean for planning

What council declarations of 'climate change emergency' mean for planning

A growing number of UK councils have declared a climate change emergency over the past six months, which is likely to prompt changes to their planning policies, Adam Branson discovers.


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The election results are a reminder of how hard it is to plan with residents' consent, by Richard Garlick

Local authorities are getting the government's message that they must plan for the development that their areas need.

Climate change demands priority, by Graeme Bell

We have little more than a decade to save the world. I'll get onto that after I've written this report for a decision on a change of use from A1 to A5.

City growth will always magnify inequality without civic action, by Cliff Hague

Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.

Legal Viewpoint: The exception that proves challenge deadline rule

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court's decision in the curious case of three temporary marquees on Merseyside, a backdated decision notice and a judicial review of a planning permission granted nearly six years before the claim was issued.

Britain needs new infrastructure to compete, by Graeme Bell

Britain open for business? Who do they think they're kidding? The mere fact that successive governments feel impelled to trot out the mantra betrays the truth.

Ministers must put onus on councils to provide more homes for older people, by Richard Garlick

Backbench MPs last year concluded that there was a shortfall in the supply of specialist homes for older people.