Policy & Legislation
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Legislation In Progress
Track the progress of legislation through the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments as well as the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies.
In determining an appeal against an enforcement notice requiring the demolition of an unauthorised roof extension at a house in Hertfordshire an inspector has ruled that there is no...
This year has been pretty awful for the tourism industry but 2021 is now looking altogether brighter for the owner of a holiday caravan park in north Devon, having secured a lawful...
A south Wales council has been shown a yellow card and had a full award of costs made against it after raising a new issue when determining a resubmitted flats scheme (DCS Number 400-028-347...
MHCLG chief planner highlights new infrastructure levy, cross boundary planning and 'healthy places' as key themes of white paper responses
The government is looking at measures to support "cross boundary" planning and the creation of "healthy places", alongside measures to ensure the proposed new Infrastructure Levy can "flex for different circumstances", as it moves to refine its planning white paper proposals, the chief planner has said today.
Ministers stop short of backing infrastructure advisor's call for more devolved housing and transport powers
The government has stopped short of endorsing a recommendation made by its infrastructure advisor to devolve more powers to cities to allow them to create "ambitious, integrated strategies for transport, employment and housing".
All eyes will be on chancellor Rishi Sunak's spending review this week, to see if it reduces the growing pile of promised but as-yet unpublished planning policy and legislation
The government’s consultation on planning changes for England asked what should replace the duty to cooperate, which requires local planning authorities to engage with neighbours on strategic issues.
The white paper envisages all councils will employ senior managers responsible for place. We meet professionals already in similar roles
Letter: Minister was wrong to discredit research on the impact of his method for assessing housing need
Last week housing minister Christopher Pincher branded as “speculative” well-received work by planning consultancy Lichfields demonstrating possible impacts of revisions to the government’s centralised assessment of local housing need.
What the new rights to extend buildings upwards, and demolish existing buildings to make way for new housing, mean for applicants and authorities
The white paper says the government wants to see “a much more streamlined” planning application process and "faster” decisions, but practitioners have voiced concerns that the move could affect the quality of decision-making.
Westminster's comparative inability, relative to the devolved nations, to unite the country in battling the pandemic is echoed in its lack of true leadership on planning issues. It's time to consider more a radical devolution of power.
The planning white paper proposes to scrap the current requirement on planning authorities to demonstrate that they have enough sites available for development to meet their housing targets over the next five years.