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Welsh Government proposes scrapping five-year housing land supply requirement

Welsh Government proposes scrapping five-year housing land supply requirement

Local authorities in Wales would no longer be required to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply under plans being considered by the Welsh Government.

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

A proposed permitted development right for upward extensions would be subject to prior approval design checks, the government has confirmed. Practitioners say interest in using the right will be strongest in urban areas, but warn that it could generate widespread community objections

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Need to know: What new guidance on wind will mean for City planners

Need to know: What new guidance on wind will mean for City planners

The City of London Corporation has published the first set of rules governing when wind assessments are required for planning applications.

Ten things we learned from the Conservative Party conference

Ten things we learned from the Conservative Party conference

The Conservative Party held its annual conference in Manchester earlier this week. Here are ten things that we learned from the event.

No-deal Brexit impact planning: What to prepare for

No-deal Brexit impact planning: What to prepare for

Prime minister Boris Johnson is committed to leaving the EU on 31 October. How would a no-deal Brexit impact planning?

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.

Four further changes to Planning Practice Guidance that you need to know

Four further changes to Planning Practice Guidance that you need to know

The government published 23 updates to its Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) toward the end of last month. Here are four key changes you may have missed.

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.