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New guidance on PD right home extensions highlights need for neighbour consultation

New guidance on PD right home extensions highlights need for neighbour consultation

New government technical guidance has highlighted the need for householders to consult neighbours when seeking permission for home extensions under permitted development (PD) rights.

What the draft Welsh national plan means for housing

What the draft Welsh national plan means for housing

The Welsh government's new draft spatial planning blueprint for the principality lays out ambitious development goals for the next 20 years, but both its overall and affordable housing need figures have prompted concerns.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

This autumn is due to see a series of key policy developments. Colin Marrs looks ahead.

Need to know: What planners need to know about new land use guidance

Need to know: What planners need to know about new land use guidance

The latest guidance is likely to mean councils having to be more rigorous in protecting allocated employment sites yet to be developed, says Chris Marsh.

Briefing: How plan-makers'assessment and sustainability checks are evolving

Briefing: How plan-makers'assessment and sustainability checks are evolving

Environmental and sustainability issues are growing in importance despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, writes Nick Chisholm-Batten.

Johnson's spell as mayor suggests focus on deregulation might be limited, by John Geoghegan

Johnson's spell as mayor suggests focus on deregulation might be limited, by John Geoghegan

With Parliament in recess and the High Court closed, August is typically a month when planning policy and legal activity grinds to a halt. But this year, there's plenty for Planning readers to catch up on during their summer holidays.

Four new biodiversity net gain duties for councils and developers

Four new biodiversity net gain duties for councils and developers

The government's response to a consultation on biodiversity net gain proposals outlines a number of new requirements for local authorities and applicants in an effort to make sure future development improves the natural environment.

The issues on which the government planning review is set to focus

The issues on which the government planning review is set to focus

Yet another review of planning rules has been promised by the new Prime Minister. Some influential figures within his Cabinet are backing radical change, but his own track record does not suggest a willingness to let the market rip.

Why new guidance raises the bar for councils in demonstrating that they have an adequate supply of housing sites

Why new guidance raises the bar for councils in demonstrating that they have an adequate supply of housing sites

Fresh advice in new Planning Practice Guidance on housing supply and delivery is likely to raise the bar for local authorities in demonstrating that they have a five-year housing land supply, commentators suggest.

Briefing: How planners can help tackle the climate crisis

Briefing: How planners can help tackle the climate crisis

Just weeks after the government signed the net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 target into law, the Committee on Climate Change's annual progress report reveals that the UK's climate change actions are failing to meet its ambitions. Kate Hodson and Olivia Dunham consider how planners can help.


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