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South Oxfordshire adds three new green belt sites to revised local plan

South Oxfordshire adds three new green belt sites to revised local plan

Three major green belt housing sites totalling 4,600 homes are set to be added to a new version of the South Oxfordshire draft local plan, which now proposes contributing more towards neighbouring Oxford City Council's unmet need.

City Hall overturns Greenwich Council refusal to approve 272-home scheme

City Hall overturns Greenwich Council refusal to approve 272-home scheme

The mayor of London's planning chief has approved plans for a 272-home, 18-storey scheme in Greenwich, overturning a refusal by the local authority earlier this year over height and density concerns.

Suffolk parish council loses High Court challenge against approvals for 200 homes

Suffolk parish council loses High Court challenge against approvals for 200 homes

A Suffolk parish council has failed to overturn a series of planning consents for over 200 homes, after a judge dismissed its arguments that the local planning authority had underestimated its housing land supply position.

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Briefing: The implications of the new definition of housing site 'deliverability'

Briefing: The implications of the new definition of housing site 'deliverability'

The government's new definition of housing site 'deliverability' introduces a tough test for councils and developers, says Mike Kiely.

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

The government has responded cautiously to MPs' calls for the public purse to capture more of the land value uplift generated by planning permissions. However, some minor innovations to make the compulsory purchase system more transparent are promised.

Why the latest European Court habitats ruling further raises the bar for planners

Why the latest European Court habitats ruling further raises the bar for planners

The latest European Court ruling on protected habitats indicates that developers and planners should take a broader approach to assessing the impacts of plans and projects on such zones, though experts are divided on the significance of the ruling.

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.


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The fall and rise of DCO applications, by Angus Walker

In August 2017 there were only four live applications for Development Consent Orders for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs), the lowest figure for six years, and this had only risen to six by May 2018.

Legal Viewpoint: Illuminating judgment on the display of advertisements

A recent court ruling on a case from west London has clarified the scope of local planning authority powers when serving a discontinuance notice for the removal of illuminated advertisements.

All aboard for free in Estonia's green capital, by Cliff Hague

Tallinn's free public transport scheme is gathering support in several other European countries.

Planning goes against our national character, by Graeme Bell

Sir Peter Hall rushed in grinning broadly. 'Graeme, you must go to Japan. I've just travelled on the latest bullet train and it's brilliant.' Peter was my chairman at the Town and Country Planning Association and I was used to him arriving for meetings hotfoot from Heathrow. However, Japan wasn't on my bucket list, until, that is this spring.

Letter: Tighter definition of what makes a housing plan deliverable will help developers

By now we all know the importance placed on councils being able to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply. Without it, local planning policies are considered out-of-date and decisions made based on national policies instead. This has been a critical route to securing planning permission in recent years.

Permitted development rights won't save the high street, by Joey Gardiner

The government's consultation on allowing shops, restaurants and other high street uses to change to offices without planning permission raises concerns, says Joey Gardiner.