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Plans for Plot 12 on Newcastle's Quayside (credit: Whittam Cox Architects)

Inspector allows 289-home build to rent scheme despite design concerns

Controversial plans for a 289-flat development on a Homes England-owned site in Newcastle have been given the go-ahead by a planning inspector who concluded that the scheme’s public benefits outweighed concerns about its design.

Planning Inspectorate, Bristol (Credit: Julian Dodd)

Ten spring appeal decisions that you need to know about

The most downloaded inquiry and hearing cases from COMPASS Online: 1 February to 30 April 2022

Joanna Averley speaking at the National Planning Summit 2022 (Credit: Wayne Campbell)

Councils will consider growth and constraints with neighbours under new strategic planning tool, says chief planner

The government's chief planner has revealed details of the new “alignment policy” that will replace the duty to cooperate and promised the publication of a "prospectus" setting out impending revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

New housing development (Pic: Getty)

Housing land supply requirement scrapped for authorities with up-to-date plans

The requirement for councils to maintain a five year housing land supply will be scrapped for authorities that have adopted a local plan within the past five years, the government has announced.

NPPG In Depth & Comment

The new energy security strategy’s backing for solar development will require national planning policy changes (Credit: zf L c/o Getty Images)

What the government’s target for a 500% rise in solar energy generation means for planners

The new energy security strategy’s backing for solar farms will require national planning policy changes to make a difference, say practitioners, while its focus on brownfield sites could limit development opportunities.

London's Central Activities Zone is one of the world’s most competitive business locations (Credit: Mike Kemp c/o Getty Images)

Why the government rejected a multi-council bid to block a new office-to-residential PD right

The housing minister has rejected an attempt by seven London boroughs to introduce an article 4 direction to block a new commercial-to-residential permitted development (PD) right in a key area of central London. Experts say the government wants to send out a message that councils will not be able to apply such directions across a wide area and suggest that authorities will need to do more preparation work to justify their opt-out bids.

The Houses of Parliament (Credit: Ian.CuiYi c/o Getty Images)

What to expect from the levelling up bill and other policy changes this spring

The latest intelligence on the planning changes that the government has in the pipeline

Catriona Riddell

Minister may soon be tested on how ‘advisory’ his method for assessing housing need really is, by Catriona Riddell

The government is hinting that it will drop earlier plans to make binding the currently “advisory” housing need numbers for local authorities produced by its standard assessment method. But is even the existing approach genuinely “advisory”, or effectively mandatory? A Surrey council is poised to put that to the test with its draft local plan.

Policy Briefings

Poundbury in Dorset was built to a design code. Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

How the National Model Design Code changes the system: the Planning Briefing

The new guidance sets out design considerations that local planning authorities will be expected to take into account when developing local design codes and guides

Design codes were used for the Alconbury Weald development in Huntingdon (Pic: FTI Consulting)

How the latest NPPF revisions change the system: the Planning Briefing

Amendments that foster ‘beautiful’ places, reinforce the private sector’s role in design codes and require a longer horizon for development plan policies are among confirmed changes to the framework

How new PD rights for commercial and public buildings, ports and statues change the system: the Planning Briefing

Planners foresee plenty of interest in the new rights, and councils should be prepared for a flurry of applications in August.