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Plans announced for alligator park in Old Kent Road regeneration scheme

Plans announced for alligator park in Old Kent Road regeneration scheme

News of unlikely plans for an alligator park as part of a proposed regeneration scheme on London's Old Kent Road features in today's newspaper round-up.

Ministers promise to revamp and expand Housing Infrastructure Fund

Ministers promise to revamp and expand Housing Infrastructure Fund

Ministers have revealed that the government is pressing ahead with a revamp and expansion of its Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and promised that the upcoming Planning White Paper will look at revising the compulsory purchase process.

St. Modwen wins consent for 15-hectare Derby industrial scheme

St. Modwen wins consent for 15-hectare Derby industrial scheme

Developer St. Modwen has won permission for a new 15-hectare industrial and storage park to complete the regeneration of the area around Derby's Pride Park stadium, after the city council agreed to cut the contributions it wanted towards a road upgrade.

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How we did it: Securing permission for a new town

How we did it: Securing permission for a new town

An unusual three-stage application has been key to securing permission for the 6,500-home town, writes Colin Marrs.

Need to know: Environmental planning commitments versus reality

Need to know: Environmental planning commitments versus reality

Breaches of commitments can go unnoticed, and there is a widespread disconnect between promises made in planning and outcomes. By Dominic Woodfield.

Why a Supreme Court judgment is set to make it easier for councils to block village green registrations

Why a Supreme Court judgment is set to make it easier for councils to block village green registrations

A landmark Supreme Court judgment should make it easier for public bodies to both resist applications to register land they own as town or village greens and to revoke existing registrations, according to legal experts.

How the reduced London Plan housing targets will affect councils and developers

How the reduced London Plan housing targets will affect councils and developers

Boroughs and developers have both expressed relief that mayor Sadiq Khan has agreed to slash the housing targets in the draft version of the latest London Plan, but there are concerns about how the capital's housing need shortfall will be met.


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Legal Viewpoint: No magic bullets but plenty of freedom on green belt review

The High Court challenge on the Guildford Local Plan, heard by Sir Duncan Ouseley QC at the end of 2019, crystallises justifications for plan-led green belt release where there is political will to meet housing needs.

Why knocking down more homes would help save the planet, by Chris Brown

Is it time to knock down all our old houses? Our old buildings are leaky, expensive to heat and destroying the planet. We can build new homes that are close to zero carbon to run and cost next to nothing to heat.

What the profession can learn from Dominic Cummings' team of 'unusual' people, by Euan Mills

One day before Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed by an American drone, Dominic Cummings, the special adviser to the Prime Minister, published a job advert on his personal blog inviting applications from "an unusual set of people" to help address "some profound problems at the core of how the state makes decisions".

The White Paper must focus on strategic planning and climate change, Catriona Riddell

As promised in the Conservative Party election manifesto, the Government has announced it will bring forward a White Paper to deliver a planning process that is "clearer, more accessible and more certain for all users".

Why the country's biggest infrastructure projects have hit problems, by Angus Walker

With news that a third runway at Heathrow is being delayed, pretty much all the country's largest infrastructure projects are having problems of one sort or another.

While Britain flounders, China forges ahead, by Cliff Hague

It seems appropriate that my last column of the decade is being written in China. Why? Since 2010 China has added over 150 million urban dwellers: what happens here in the 2020s will impact on the future of the planet.