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BPF calls for strengthened presumption in favour of sustainable development

BPF calls for strengthened presumption in favour of sustainable development

The National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) presumption in favour of sustainable development should be "refreshed" to ensure that "all but the most misguided" applications are approved, a property industry lobby group has said.

Does the Conservative manifesto indicate lower housebuilding ambitions?

Does the Conservative manifesto indicate lower housebuilding ambitions?

The Conservative Party's new general election manifesto includes lower short-term housebuilding targets than its 2017 predecessor. Some commentators wonder whether the party is downscaling its housing delivery ambitions.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

How new planning guidance on CIL changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How new planning guidance on CIL changes the system: the Planning Briefing

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

The planning promises expected in the general election manifestos

The planning promises expected in the general election manifestos

While the Conservatives' manifesto is likely to continue the current government's focus on the 'beauty' agenda and further planning deregulation to speed up housing delivery, observers predict that Labour will make building affordable homes and land value capture key policy pledges.

Hard to gauge the impact of any eventual Brexit on planning and development, by Cliff Hague

Hard to gauge the impact of any eventual Brexit on planning and development, by Cliff Hague

With the election in full swing, it remains difficult to know just what form Brexit might take - if indeed it happens. It is even harder to guess what impacts it might have on planning and development.

How the general election is likely to affect councils and developers

How the general election is likely to affect councils and developers

The announcement of the 12 December general election is unlikely to affect the progress of planning applications but could cause delays to local plan timetables and potentially divert planning staff resources, according to practitioners.

How the general election impacts the government's policy and legislation agenda

How the general election impacts the government's policy and legislation agenda

While a number of key policy announcements expected before Christmas have now been shelved until after the general elections, most should survive a change in government in some form, observers expect.

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.

The implications of the Environment Bill's proposed requirement for two new types of mitigation plan

The implications of the Environment Bill's proposed requirement for two new types of mitigation plan

Measures in the government's new Environment Bill, including proposals for councils to produce spatial "nature recovery strategies" and for developers to prepare biodiversity net gain plans, have prompted concerns about fresh burdens on practitioners.

How the recent Planning Practice Guidance revisions change the system

How the recent Planning Practice Guidance revisions change the system

How government planning advice changed this summer, and what it means for you. By Colin Marrs.