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Diary: Ex-mayor moots nuclear option in planning discussion

Diary: Ex-mayor moots nuclear option in planning discussion

A proliferation of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in one area have long prompted worries in local government. But it's rare to hear a councillor literally call for the nuclear option during a planning committee meeting. Especially not a former mayor talking about his own town.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that housing and planning minister Esther McVey has said that "greenfield land" should be developed only in "the most exceptional circumstances".

London borough announces plan to ease upwards extensions to boost social housing

London borough announces plan to ease upwards extensions to boost social housing

A London borough has announced plans to introduce development principles that would allow it to build more upwards extensions on existing residential properties to create "potentially thousands" of new social homes.

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Office-residential: the facts

Office-residential: the facts

Our analysis tells you which councils approve the highest proportion of permitted development applications to convert offices to housing, which grounds for refusal are hardest to overturn at appeal, and much more.

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

This autumn is due to see a series of key policy developments. Colin Marrs looks ahead.

How local industrial strategies will impact on planning

How local industrial strategies will impact on planning

Local industrial strategies can provide the basis for councils to go for ambitious levels of housing and employment growth, but development plans will need to allocate land to reflect their priorities, say commentators.

The authorities at risk of losing planning powers because of poor appeal records

The authorities at risk of losing planning powers because of poor appeal records

Seven local planning authorities (LPAs) could be at risk of 'special measures' designation after the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released its latest set of planning performance statistics, it has emerged.


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Government's Yellowhammer documents barely consider regional impacts of a no-deal Brexit, by Cliff Hague

The Operation Yellowhammer report has been prised into the public realm, setting out the government's "reasonable worst case planning assumptions" for a No-Deal Brexit on 31 October, as they were on 2 August.

Legal Viewpoint: Why the courts will stay out of academic challenges

To what extent will the courts be prepared to become involved in claims raising purely "academic" arguments?

Design guidance never creates well designed places, by Chris Brown

We aren't short of guidance on what makes a good place so it's intriguing to see Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) commissioning consultancy Tibbalds to write a 'visual design guide' to form part of the Planning Practice Guidance supporting the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

Joining up the climate emergency dots, by Catriona Riddell

In May this year the government declared a climate change emergency which was soon followed by many local authorities across the country declaring their own climate change emergencies.

Is this the end of the line for HS2, by Angus Walker

In furtherance of a pledge made by Boris Johnson during his leadership campaign, the government has launched a review of HS2. Does that mean it is the beginning of the end of the project?

Johnson's spell as mayor suggests focus on deregulation might be limited, by John Geoghegan

With Parliament in recess and the High Court closed, August is typically a month when planning policy and legal activity grinds to a halt. But this year, there's plenty for Planning readers to catch up on during their summer holidays.