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Inspectors back Oxford plan's higher housing target and green belt release

Inspectors back Oxford plan's higher housing target and green belt release

Planning inspectors have backed proposals in Oxford City Council's draft local plan to provide almost 11,000 new homes up to 2036 and to release eight green belt sites for housing.

What the new London Plan's housing targets will mean for boroughs' housing land supplies

What the new London Plan's housing targets will mean for boroughs' housing land supplies

Higher London Plan housing targets are set to result in almost half of the capital's boroughs lacking the required five-year land supply, according to exclusive new research, though earlier even higher draft targets would have seen two-thirds of London councils fall short.

How the withdrawal agreement makes it easier for UK courts to overturn EU planning case law

How the withdrawal agreement makes it easier for UK courts to overturn EU planning case law

A clause in the current withdrawal agreement bill would allow all UK courts to diverge from European case law, which legal experts say could have major implications for planning and prompt legal uncertainty.

Neighbourhood Watch: Parish plan proposes removing six sites from green belt

Neighbourhood Watch: Parish plan proposes removing six sites from green belt

A parish council in Hertfordshire has expressed confidence in proposals in its emerging neighbourhood plan to remove six sites from the green belt for development, after a planning inspector questioned whether it has the right to do so.

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Legal Viewpoint: No magic bullets but plenty of freedom on green belt review

Legal Viewpoint: No magic bullets but plenty of freedom on green belt review

The High Court challenge on the Guildford Local Plan, heard by Sir Duncan Ouseley QC at the end of 2019, crystallises justifications for plan-led green belt release where there is political will to meet housing needs.

CIL Watch: RICS sets out new guidance on assessing levy viability

CIL Watch: RICS sets out new guidance on assessing levy viability

The impact of community infrastructure levy (CIL) rates should be considered alongside local plan policies when assessing viability across a council area, according to new draft guidance for surveyors.

The year in headlines

The year in headlines

Greta Thunberg and Sir Roger Scruton shared the 2019 Planning headlines with more familiar faces.

The system needs proactive changes, not a structural overhaul, by Catriona Riddell

The system needs proactive changes, not a structural overhaul, by Catriona Riddell

By the time you read this, we will have a new government. We need stability to get on with the job of making good places, and a wholesale review of the system is the last thing that is required. But there are things that government can do to deliver better outcomes.


Policy Briefings

How new planning guidance on air quality changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How new planning guidance on air quality changes the system: the Planning Briefing

What the latest changes to government guidance are, and how they affect practitioners. By Isabella Kaminski.

Need to know: What demand for co-location of industrial and housing uses means for planning

Need to know: What demand for co-location of industrial and housing uses means for planning

The need for more homes and last-mile logistics space in central locations is prompting applications for the co-location of the two use classes. By Sophie Innes.

How the new national design guidance changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How the new national design guidance changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How planning guidance on design has changed and what it, and the new National Design Guide, means for you. By Mark Wilding.