News & Analysis

The latest UK town planning news, including development management, housing, retail & town centres, development plans, key appeal decisions, NPPF and changes to the planning system.

Take a look at our new email news bulletins.

Page Title RSS feed

Latest Features & Analysis

Councils' housing delivery test action plans: The opportunities and strategies in 67 key plans

Councils' housing delivery test action plans: The opportunities and strategies in 67 key plans

Councils in areas that aren't delivering enough homes have produced action plans explaining how they will tackle the problem. We reveal which authorities plan to release more sites, which intend to boost planning department resources, and much more.

The Planning Briefing: Five key Planning Practice Guidance changes

The Planning Briefing: Five key Planning Practice Guidance changes

How government planning advice changed this summer, and what it means for you. By Colin Marrs.

How injunctions banning unauthorised traveller sites are impacting provision

How injunctions banning unauthorised traveller sites are impacting provision

On Tuesday 3 September, around 100 vehicles made their way through the Surrey countryside before stopping at Epsom Common and Horton Country Park, where the occupants set up camp.

Last of the chief planning officers

Last of the chief planning officers

Richard Morris of Sevenoaks Council is one of the few remaining heads of planning service who reports directly to their authority's chief executive. Why are they now so rare?


Latest Comment

Planning lessons from the Commonwealth, by Cliff Hague

Some excellent, imaginative planning is being done in several Commonwealth countries.

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

The High Court has confirmed that local planning authorities do not have the power to extend the determination period for prior approval applications where the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) specifies a deadline for determination.

Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

The yacht lurches, the mooring lines groan, the halyards slap noisily against the mast, rain lashes the pontoon. I write this from the cabin of a yacht on the south coast, storm bound as the last knockings of Hurricane Lorenzo pass through.

The urban design elite needs to make better use of data, by Euan Mills

Architecture and design are often misconstrued as being the most subjective areas in the shaping of the built environment. Finding consensus on what 'good looks like' has always been challenging.

Community developer partnerships warrant further investigation, by Chris Brown

Think tank Demos launched a report recently, funded by Nationwide Building Society, entitled People Powered Planning. There was some interesting core research which provided statistical evidence that older, male, homeowners are by far the most likely demographic to engage with the planning system.

Legal Viewpoint: Relief and despair in court ruling on scheme revisions

In 1066, King Harald Hardrada won the Battle of Fulford before being beaten by King Harold at Stamford Bridge. In 2007, planning permission was granted for up to 700 houses on the alleged site and battle resumed, this time between the developers and the local parish council.