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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.

RTPI, BPF and HBF call for ministers to allow English permissions to extend during pandemic

RTPI, BPF and HBF call for ministers to allow English permissions to extend during pandemic

Developers, housebuilders and planners have urged the government to follow Scotland's lead and allow the automatic extensions of planning permissions due to expire during the coronavirus crisis, with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) describing the move as a "measured and pragmatic approach" in "unprecedented times".

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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.

How the coronavirus' impact on development activity might affect councils and applicants

How the coronavirus' impact on development activity might affect councils and applicants

The secondary impact of the coronavirus is economic, prompting fears of a significant hiatus in planning and development activity and what that might mean for planning departments and applicants. In particular, government rules designed to ensure authorities deal with applications promptly and ensure the delivery of housing have the potential to penalise authorities hit by a coronavirus-inspired cut in activity.

What previous experience reveals about the pros and cons of zoning, by Cliff Hague

What previous experience reveals about the pros and cons of zoning, by Cliff Hague

Robert Jenrick’s recent statement ahead of another planning White Paper flirts with the idea of switching planning in England from a policy-based to a zoning-based system.

How the right to demolish to make way for new homes might work

How the right to demolish to make way for new homes might work

The government has resurrected its long-standing idea to introduce a new permitted development right to allow office buildings to be demolished and replaced with new homes. Commentators suggest the new right may be implemented via changes to the General Permitted Development Order and could involve the introduction of new lighting standards.

What to expect in Jenrick's speech on planning system changes today

What to expect in Jenrick's speech on planning system changes today

The chancellor yesterday revealed that housing secretary Robert Jenrick would today set out "comprehensive reforms to bring the planning system into the 21st century". What should we expect?