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Watford mayor urges Brokenshire to review PD rights following windowless flats approval

Watford mayor urges Brokenshire to review PD rights following windowless flats approval

Watford's elected mayor has written to housing secretary James Brokenshire urging him to review residential permitted development (PD) rights, saying it "beggars belief" that plans to convert an industrial building into a housing scheme featuring windowless flats were allowed on appeal.

540-home 12-storey mixed-use scheme approved in Reading town centre

540-home 12-storey mixed-use scheme approved in Reading town centre

A major mixed-use development including 538 homes and two 12-storey tower blocks has been approved for a key site in Reading town centre, despite the proposal falling short of local affordable housing requirements.

Judge quashes Wembley mosque consent after finding 'fundamental defects' in inspector's decision

Judge quashes Wembley mosque consent after finding 'fundamental defects' in inspector's decision

The High Court has overturned an appeal decision granting retrospective permission for a mosque that had been operating unlawfully on a builder's yard in north London, after the judge found the inspector had made a "fundamental defect" by not properly considering the "highly contentious planning issues" involved.

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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.

How joint strategic plans are progressing across England, and the obstacles that they face

How joint strategic plans are progressing across England, and the obstacles that they face

A new generation of sub-regional strategic plans are being prepared in five different areas of England. But their progress faces a number of hurdles, Adam Branson finds.

How we did it: Winning consent for a 1,000-capacity mosque

How we did it: Winning consent for a 1,000-capacity mosque

Early dialogue and quality design helped to overcome challenges to approval for this mosque in Cambridge, writes Colin Marrs.


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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.