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The planning promises expected in the general election manifestos

The planning promises expected in the general election manifestos

While the Conservatives' manifesto is likely to continue the current government's focus on the 'beauty' agenda and further planning deregulation to speed up housing delivery, observers predict that Labour will make building affordable homes and land value capture key policy pledges.

The Big Picture: Edinburgh's Christmas controversy

The Big Picture: Edinburgh's Christmas controversy

Edinburgh City Council has confirmed an annual Christmas market will be going ahead, even though planning permission will not be granted until the new year.

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How algae are blocking 10,000 planned homes

How algae are blocking 10,000 planned homes

It has been one year since a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the environmental impact of nitrates from new developments threw plans for thousands of homes in England into doubt.

How we did it: Achieving biodiversity and 40% social housing

How we did it: Achieving biodiversity and 40% social housing

Oxford City Council and developer Grosvenor promise biodiversity net gain and 40 per cent social homes at Barton Park, reports Colin Marrs.

Planning consultancy: the biggest employers and fastest growers 2019

Planning consultancy: the biggest employers and fastest growers 2019

Exclusive: the consultants that employ the most planning professionals, the fastest growing firms and much more.

Planning consultancy: the highest earners, and fee rate changes

Planning consultancy: the highest earners, and fee rate changes

The consultants that make the most money from planning work, the firms that charge the highest maximum and lowest minimum rates, and much more.


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Consultants are cautious about the economy, but optimistic about their businesses, by Richard Garlick

Planning consultants are, by and large, much less optimistic about the economy than they were a year ago. 55 per cent of respondents to our 2018 survey of planning consultants said that the economic climate for development would improve over the next 12 months. This year that figure has fallen to 12 per cent.

Hard to gauge the impact of any eventual Brexit on planning and development, by Cliff Hague

With the election in full swing, it remains difficult to know just what form Brexit might take - if indeed it happens. It is even harder to guess what impacts it might have on planning and development.

Legal Viewpoint: How infrastructure levy can bite on relatively modest developments

The Court of Appeal has considered some of the nuts and bolts of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime for the first time. The facts illustrate the potential jeopardy faced by developers from provisions that are complex and, at their core, still open to varying interpretations.

Spare a thought for the housebuilder's in-house planner, by Graeme Bell

Nick gulped. The stress of the quarterly review was getting to him. Not that he was a shrinking violet, he regarded himself as a tough cookie, but the worry of having to justify the poor progress of the planning applications was grinding him down.

Five ways in which spatial planning has changed since the 1990s, by Catriona Riddell

I was recently asked by the Women in Planning Network to write about my career and the people who have helped me along the way. This led me to reflect on the differences between spatial planning when I first started out in the 1990s and today.

How to produce a local plan for the digital era, by Euan Mills

Local plans are meant to be the backbone of our "plan-led" planning system. We aspire to create plans that are "succinct and up to date", to "provide a positive vision for the future of each area" and to act as "a platform for local people to shape their surroundings".