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Q&A: Independent inquiries review chair Bridget Rosewell on the PINS action plan

Q&A: Independent inquiries review chair Bridget Rosewell on the PINS action plan

Planning spoke to independent inquiries review chair Bridget Rosewell about the new Planning Inspectorate (PINS) action plan.

SuDS changes delayed by Brexit workload, progress report reveals

SuDS changes delayed by Brexit workload, progress report reveals

Policy changes intended to lead to more sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) being put in place have been delayed due to resources being re-prioritised to aid Brexit preparations, the government has revealed.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Policy Summary: Government updates guidance on Planning Inspectorate fees for major infrastructure applications

Policy Summary: Government updates guidance on Planning Inspectorate fees for major infrastructure applications

POLICY: Planning Act 2008: Infrastructure Planning (Fees) Regulations 2010.

Policy Summary: Scottish Government's draft new powers for councils to regulate short-term lets

Policy Summary: Scottish Government's draft new powers for councils to regulate short-term lets

POLICY: Short-Term Lets: Consultation on a Regulatory Framework for Scotland.

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.

How the planning system is differentiating between types of older people's housing

How the planning system is differentiating between types of older people's housing

Observers say councils and inspectors are inconsistent in their approach to extra care retirement housing, sometimes treating it as regular housing and other times as care homes.

What growing political controversy over permitted development rights mean for the future prospects of the policy

What growing political controversy over permitted development rights mean for the future prospects of the policy

In the wake of Labour's announcement that it will axe permitted development rights allowing offices to be converted into homes, observers say they expect ministers to introduce new restrictions on such rights to appease growing concerns.

Policy Summary: Scottish Government consultation on environmental principles post-Brexit

Policy Summary: Scottish Government consultation on environmental principles post-Brexit

POLICY: Environmental principles and governance after Brexit: consultation.

How funding new school places has become a national planning priority

How funding new school places has become a national planning priority

New guidance from the Department for Education reinforces the message in recent planning guidance revisions that new school places necessitated by development should be funded through developer contributions. Commentators have expressed concerns that the planning system is being asked to resource too many competing priorities.

Why Harlow wants to stop office-to-residential conversions

Why Harlow wants to stop office-to-residential conversions

Permitted developent rights are bringing problems to the town, says the council. But it argues that there is little it can do.


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