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How the restored ability to pool developer contributions could boost regeneration

How the restored ability to pool developer contributions could boost regeneration

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.

Why councils are approving schemes that the courts later block because of daylight impact

Why councils are approving schemes that the courts later block because of daylight impact

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.

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

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.

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Policy Summary: Government seeks views on compulsory shale gas scheme pre-application consultation

Policy Summary: Government seeks views on compulsory shale gas scheme pre-application consultation

POLICY: Compulsory community pre-application consultation for shale gas development.

Briefing: What new viability assessment guidance will mean for practitioners

Briefing: What new viability assessment guidance will mean for practitioners

Robust analysis of costs and policy requirements will be required to comply with the guidance, says Clare Plant.

How we did it: Delegating decisions to a town council

How we did it: Delegating decisions to a town council

Minor applications can now be decided by a town council in Lincolnshire, Colin Marrs reports.

What we know about beauty commission chair Sir Roger Scruton's views on planning and design

What we know about beauty commission chair Sir Roger Scruton's views on planning and design

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.


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Legal Viewpoint: When historic use weighs heavier than character

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.

Bring down the barriers to community-led housing, by Chris Brown

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.

Planning with public participation, by Cliff Hague

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.

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling clarifies use rights after greens registration

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.

Shared ambition key at local level, by Catriona Riddell

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.