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10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the campaign group which successfully challenged the government's plans to cut air pollution has told 100 English local authorities that they have eight weeks to explain how they will "set evidence-based carbon reduction targets" in their emerging local plans, or face legal action.

How local industrial strategies will impact on planning

How local industrial strategies will impact on planning

Local industrial strategies can provide the basis for councils to go for ambitious levels of housing and employment growth, but development plans will need to allocate land to reflect their priorities, say commentators.

Durham refuses two Gladman applications for 470 homes in open countryside

Durham refuses two Gladman applications for 470 homes in open countryside

Durham County Council has refused two applications submitted by land promoter Gladman for up to 470 homes in open countryside, in line with a recommendation from planners who advised that, despite key local plan policies being out-of-date, the scheme would be contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

How three councils are seeking immunity from challenges alleging insufficient housing site provision

How three councils are seeking immunity from challenges alleging insufficient housing site provision

Three authorities have submitted annual position statements to the government under new rules allowing them to secure their housing land supply positions for one year. The councils say they hope the move will let them avoid fighting costly appeals.

NPPG In Depth & Comment

Design guidance never creates well designed places, by Chris Brown

Design guidance never creates well designed places, by Chris Brown

We aren't short of guidance on what makes a good place so it's intriguing to see Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) commissioning consultancy Tibbalds to write a 'visual design guide' to form part of the Planning Practice Guidance supporting the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

Four new biodiversity net gain duties for councils and developers

Four new biodiversity net gain duties for councils and developers

The government's response to a consultation on biodiversity net gain proposals outlines a number of new requirements for local authorities and applicants in an effort to make sure future development improves the natural environment.

The trouble with England's first joint strategic plan

The trouble with England's first joint strategic plan

A decision by planning inspectors examining a joint strategic plan (JSP) produced by four councils in the west of England could have far-reaching implications for development in the four areas as well as nationally.

Ten appeal decisions from 2019 that you need to know about

Ten appeal decisions from 2019 that you need to know about

Click through to view Planning's summary of the ten most frequently downloaded decisions from the COMPASS online appeals database during the first six months of 2019.


Policy Briefings

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Planners will need to become familiarised with key design principles when assessing proposals, say David Birkbeck and Dr Stefan Kruczkowski.

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.

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