Removing a ban on combining five or more section 106 planning gain payments to pay for infrastructure will allow councils to speed up delivery on large strategic sites, experts predict.
A court judgment that found committee members were "misled" by an officer on daylight guidance when considering plans for a new hotel shows that council planners can find it difficult to interpret the rules in this complex area, say observers.
Proposals for a new use class merging shops, financial services and restaurants could mean local authority planners losing control over town centre development, observers fear.
- Senior Planner Adlington Congleton, Cheshire
- MAJOR PROJECTS TEAM LEADER DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
- PRINCIPAL PLANNING OFFICER Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
- Planning Policy Officer Elmbridge Borough Council Esher, Surrey
- Town Planner / Senior Planner | Gloucestershire | Prestigious Consultancy Lewis Davey Gloucestershire
POLICY: Compulsory community pre-application consultation for shale gas development.
Robust analysis of costs and policy requirements will be required to comply with the guidance, says Clare Plant.
Minor applications can now be decided by a town council in Lincolnshire, Colin Marrs reports.
Sir Roger Scruton, the controversial chair of a new government commission looking to improve beauty in the built environment, is sceptical about contemporary architecture but a supporter of a strong planning system.
A High Court judgment this summer raised a key issue over the relevance of character and appearance when assessing the impact of proposed development on conservation areas.
Community-led housing is in an interesting place at the moment. Public support and enthusiasm is translating into a stream of new community-led housing groups appearing around the country.
Proposed rule change would let councils generate more public benefit from land sales, by Richard Garlick
The government set itself a target of releasing enough public land for 160,000 new homes between 2015 and 2020. But concerns have been expressed about how much public benefit these land sales are generating.
I was in Riyadh recently for the first time, as a guest speaker at the second Saudi Urban Forum. My brief was to speak about good practice in public participation.
The Court of Appeal has given detailed consideration to the consequences of registration of a town and village green (TVG) on landowners' commercial activities in a case from Essex.
Planning was front and centre at this year's Conservative Party Conference. Housing minister Kit Malthouse made it clear that the government wants to see local authorities planning jointly at county or regional level.