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Local Plan Watch: Inspector backs LLDC plan's departure from standard housing need method

Local Plan Watch: Inspector backs LLDC plan's departure from standard housing need method

An inspector has backed the London Legacy Development Corporation's (LLDC's) local plan review and said that "exceptional circumstances" justify the strategy using an alternative approach to the government's standard method for calculating housing need. .

Sheffield Council apologises for allowing default consent for three 5G masts

Sheffield Council apologises for allowing default consent for three 5G masts

Sheffield City Council has apologised to residents after it failed to process prior notification applications for three 5G masts within the prescribed timescales, which has allowed the structures to secure consent without local authority scrutiny.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

The implications of new rules on virtual committees: the Planning Briefing

The implications of new rules on virtual committees: the Planning Briefing

How new rules allowing councils to conduct planning committee meetings remotely using digital technology change the system and their implications. By Adam Branson.

Why permitted development right for Covid-19 response facilities could allow more than hospitals

Why permitted development right for Covid-19 response facilities could allow more than hospitals

A hastily-introduced measure to regularise the planning position on temporary hospital facilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic opens the way for possibly unanticipated uses operating under a relatively relaxed regime, experts argue.

Why developers and councils are both calling for permission lifespans to be extended during the pandemic

Why developers and councils are both calling for permission lifespans to be extended during the pandemic

A host of built environment and local government bodies have come together to call for Westminster to follow Scotland's lead and allow planning permission lifetimes in England to be extended during the coronavirus outbreak.

The implications of delegated and virtual decision-making

The implications of delegated and virtual decision-making

Local authorities are looking at using emergency delegated powers and a system of 'virtual' planning committees to allow decision-making to continue during the coronavirus outbreak. But practitioners warn that delegated powers are likely to be suitable for just a limited number of applications, while virtual committees face technical challenges and are likely to limit public participation.

Efforts to keep the system moving through the pandemic are essential, by Richard Garlick

Efforts to keep the system moving through the pandemic are essential, by Richard Garlick

As we went to press, strenuous efforts were being made to keep the planning system moving in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why councils may struggle to meet the government's new local plan deadline

Why councils may struggle to meet the government's new local plan deadline

Some practitioners say the government's latest December 2023 deadline for local plan adoption is an ambitious target that, given the slow progress of plan production to date, will be a challenge for many councils to meet. However, other observers say it should be achievable given the timescale.

Need to Know: Planning changes in pipeline to support freeport status

Need to Know: Planning changes in pipeline to support freeport status

Why is the government proposing to set up freeports in the UK and what changes to planning rules are envisaged to help them function effectively? By Robbie Owen.

The implications of government proposals to speed up planning: The Planning Briefing

The implications of government proposals to speed up planning: The Planning Briefing

We examine measures promised by ministers for the planning White Paper. By David Blackman.