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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 new government figures show that the number of households in England is set to increase at an average annual rate of 159,000 over the next 25 years - a drop of almost a quarter compared to the previous estimates.

What would happen to the NPPF if the High Court declares the framework to be unlawful?

What would happen to the NPPF if the High Court declares the framework to be unlawful?

Campaign group Friends of the Earth has said it wants the new National Planning Policy Framework to be declared unlawful by the High Court but not quashed. However, commentators have said that, in practice, such a declaration would amount to striking down the framework in legal terms.

Why annual reports to fix housing land supply may have limited appeal

Why annual reports to fix housing land supply may have limited appeal

A new procedure aimed at reducing arguments over housing land supply pipelines will see limited take-up and need time to produce results, experts predict.

Local Plan Watch: Five key ways updated national guidance impacts on local plans

Local Plan Watch: Five key ways updated national guidance impacts on local plans

Last week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published an updated version of its Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) with a new section on plan-making. It includes guidance on how councils should go about meeting new requirements for cross-boundary working on strategic issues introduced by the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

NPPG In Depth & Comment

What councils can do about climate change

What councils can do about climate change

Planning authorities have plenty of tools available to tackle the impacts of climate change, but not always the resources or skills to employ them, reports Colin Marrs.

How a court challenge to the revised NPPF could affect the system

How a court challenge to the revised NPPF could affect the system

Views vary on whether an environmental group's attempt to get the government's revised statement of national policy declared unlawful has a realistic chance of success.

Is the green belt really under threat?

Is the green belt really under threat?

The latest report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England shows a huge jump in the use of green belt land for building. But is this accurate? Colin Marrs examines the figures.

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

Following the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on 24 July 2018, together with various accompanying announcements, the autumn is due to see further key policy developments at national level. Some of these will be of fundamental importance to the work of planners.


Policy Briefings

Policy Briefing: What will be the impact of Court of Appeal ruling on 'isolated homes'?

Policy Briefing: What will be the impact of Court of Appeal ruling on 'isolated homes'?

A judge has clarified when a proposed home should be seen as too remote, writes Lachlan Robertson.

Policy Summary: Draft Planning Practice Guidance on Viability

Policy Summary: Draft Planning Practice Guidance on Viability

The government has published guidance providing further details on viability assessments following last year's proposals to speed up the process by dropping the need for an assessment under certain circumstances.

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about the 'agent of change' principle

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about the 'agent of change' principle

A principle aiming to protect night-time venues is set to receive greater emphasis in planning, says Michael Dempsey.

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