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Surrey council decides there is no need for five-year update to core strategy

Surrey council decides there is no need for five-year update to core strategy

A local plan review by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has concluded that "none of the policies in the core strategy requires updating or modification", despite an inspector advising that matters including housing requirements may need to be reassessed.

Plans for 516 homes on York green belt refused due to environmental impact

Plans for 516 homes on York green belt refused due to environmental impact

York City Council has refused permission for a hybrid application for 516 homes in the green belt because of the harm it would cause to a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

Why developers fear that the ministerial call for more 'pragmatic' plan examinations will lower the soundness bar

Why developers fear that the ministerial call for more 'pragmatic' plan examinations will lower the soundness bar

A letter from the housing secretary advising inspectors to be more "pragmatic" when examining local plans has prompted concerns from some in the development sector that inadequate strategies could be "waved through", but other commentators expect it will make little practical difference.

Beautiful buildings commission interim report: 11 things you need to know

Beautiful buildings commission interim report: 11 things you need to know

The government's Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission published its interim report, Creating space for beauty, yesterday. Here are 11 key things that planners need to know about the document.

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Legal Viewpoint: Assessing outdated policies in framework relevance test

Legal Viewpoint: Assessing outdated policies in framework relevance test

Paragraph 11(d) of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) triggers a tilted balance in favour of sustainable development where there are no relevant development plan policies or where those policies "most important for determining the application are out of date".

Why a court ruling may make it harder for developers to use the NPPF's 'tilted balance' to win consent

Why a court ruling may make it harder for developers to use the NPPF's 'tilted balance' to win consent

A court ruling that last week quashed a secretary of state housing permission may make it harder for applicants to cite the National Planning Policy Framework's 'tilted balance' in favour of development, say some legal advisers. But other experts disagree.

Why the proportion of new homes being built on brownfield land is falling

Why the proportion of new homes being built on brownfield land is falling

New government figures show a fall last year in the proportion of previously-used land used for new housing. Experts say a lack of central government targets may explain the drop and fear that recent policy changes may make it harder for councils to boost brownfield housing levels.

What the Tory leadership contenders have in store for planning

What the Tory leadership contenders have in store for planning

As the crowded Tory leadership contest kicks off, we examine what the contenders to be the next Prime Minister might have said about planning and housing.


Policy Briefings

Briefing: Why design guides are more important than ever

Briefing: Why design guides are more important than ever

Plans and documents must now include visual tools to spell out the required level of design quality, say Katja Stille and Sarah Jenkinson.

Briefing: How can planners address the need  to improve health and wellbeing?

Briefing: How can planners address the need to improve health and wellbeing?

Strategies and assessments are key tools for planning for health, but could be used by more local authorities, Michael Chang suggests.

Briefing: Charting progress in the London Plan examination

Briefing: Charting progress in the London Plan examination

The examination into the draft London Plan ends in May. Questions remain on the plan's approach to housing, says Jonathan Bainbridge.

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