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What Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister could mean for planning

What Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister could mean for planning

Johnson's record as London mayor and his pronouncements in his newspaper column indicate a favourable attitude towards the development sector and boosting housing supply. However, he has also voiced support for minimum space standards and build for rent and expressed concerns about industrial-to-residential permitted development rights.

Government announces 'built environment sector deal' to boost housing delivery

Government announces 'built environment sector deal' to boost housing delivery

The government has launched negotiations with the property industry to agree a formal deal with the sector that aims to boost housing delivery and quality.

Rural and student housing advice included in new guidance on meeting needs for 'different groups'

Rural and student housing advice included in new guidance on meeting needs for 'different groups'

Blanket planning policies restricting housing development in some types of rural settlement "will need to be supported by robust evidence", new planning guidance on the "housing needs of different groups" advises.

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CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Planners will need to become familiarised with key design principles when assessing proposals, say David Birkbeck and Dr Stefan Kruczkowski.

Local Plan Watch: Fall in local plans sent for examination

Local Plan Watch: Fall in local plans sent for examination

The number of local plans submitted for examination fell dramatically in the second quarter of 2019, analysis by Planning has revealed.

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Interim recommendations by the government's design quality commission would place "beauty" at the heart of the planning system. Commentators expect the new Prime Minister to take forward the agenda, but suggest that under-resourced councils might struggle to push for higher design standards.


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Controversy is not new but passions now run higher, by Graeme Bell

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 rise of the tech giant developer, by Euan Mills

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.

The perils of prioritising tourism, by Cliff Hague

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?

Legal Viewpoint: Assessing outdated policies in framework relevance test

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".

Both candidates seem likely to be pro-development Prime Ministers, by Richard Garlick

Firm policy commitments from the two remaining Tory leadership candidates have been thin on the ground.