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County council gets go-ahead for 805 homes on greenfield site despite affordable housing shortfall

County council gets go-ahead for 805 homes on greenfield site despite affordable housing shortfall

An East Midlands county council has secured consent for an 800-home development on a greenfield site, despite the scheme falling short of local affordable housing requirements.

Plans submitted for solar 'green hydrogen' facility in Dorset green belt

Plans submitted for solar 'green hydrogen' facility in Dorset green belt

A renewable energy company has submitted a planning application to produce so-called 'green hydrogen' from a new solar farm in the Dorset green belt.

Campaigners mull legal action after councillors overturn planning committee vote to approve Southampton Airport runway extension

Campaigners mull legal action after councillors overturn planning committee vote to approve Southampton Airport runway extension

Campaigners have said they are taking legal advice after full council members resolved to approve plans for an extension to Southampton International Airport’s runway, overturning a separate planning committee vote against the application on climate change grounds.

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The implications of a proposed NPPF tweak requiring councils planning large settlements to think longer term

The implications of a proposed NPPF tweak requiring councils planning large settlements to think longer term

A tweak to national policy would mean councils proposing large settlements in their local plans to produce 30-year "vision" documents. Practitioners said the move will require local authority plan-makers to provide more detail on how such schemes would be delivered, but said there is uncertainty over how inspectors should assess them.

Why some councils are challenging PINS over local plan failures

Why some councils are challenging PINS over local plan failures

Two councils in Kent are challenging inspectors' verdicts that their local plans failed the duty to cooperate - one via the courts, the other through a request for ministerial intervention. Practitioners suspect the moves are a political tactic to avoid implementing unpopular development strategies but say they face little chance of success.

The challenges raised by government confirmation of the end of virtual planning committees

The challenges raised by government confirmation of the end of virtual planning committees

A decision by ministers not to extend temporary rules allowing virtual planning committees is likely to cause delays and additional cost for councils and applicants, observers have warned.

Five key planning findings and outcomes following the government’s Liverpool City Council report

Five key planning findings and outcomes following the government’s Liverpool City Council report

A government-commissioned report, the Liverpool City Council Best Value Inspection, found numerous failures within the council, including its planning and regeneration functions, which has prompted intervention by local government secretary Robert Jenrick.


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A year on: How Covid has changed planning forever, by Catriona Riddell

As we pass the one year mark from our first Covid lockdown, many will be reflecting on the changes this exceptional year has brought to the world, including the way we plan places.

Why developers are worried about the new London Plan policy on tall buildings, by Joey Gardiner

Last week, controversial plans to replace the “brutalist” Kensington Forum hotel in west London with two new towers were unexpectedly withdrawn just prior to their consideration in a planning inquiry, despite receiving the backing of the mayor last autumn.

What the rest of the world can teach us about planning safer streets for women, by Cliff Hague

The tragic abduction and murder of Sarah Everard has refocused attention on women’s safety, but the response of the Westminster government suggests that some re-education would not go amiss.

Letter: A council’s local plan challenge reveals a lack of will to grapple with housing numbers

A Kent council has challenged criticism by inspectors of its local plan, which reveals a lack of willingness among some authorities to boost housing numbers and create a system that works for everyone.

Why new councillors must stick their necks out to make a real difference, by Graeme Bell

With local elections looming new councillors may have to pursue unpopular policies in order to create positive change, but will they be brave enough to try?

Legal Viewpoint: Wind farm ruling sheds light on assessment of cumulative impacts

Last month, the High Court quashed a development consent order (DCO) for the gargantuan 158-turbine Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The ruling means that the case requires redetermination and could affect another nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) decision due imminently.