Policy & Legislation
Policy, legislation and guidance produced by the government or its designated bodies. Use adopted sections if you wish to see only policy or legislation in force or emerging sections if you are looking for consultation documents where central government is inviting opinion prior to the implementation of policy or legislation.
Legislation In Progress
Track the progress of legislation through the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments as well as the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies.
“Latin is a language, dead as dead can be, First it killed the Romans, and now it’s killing me.” Despite the claims of this little rhyme, found scrawled in many a Latin textbook...
A statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in Parliament Square near to the Houses of Parliament has been rejected at appeal, the inspector finding no exceptionally good reason to locate the statue...
Not so long ago we reported an appeal case in which an inspector ruled that a restaurant was a community facility ( High on the hog ). In that case (DCS Number 400-022-010 ) the inspector...
New government technical guidance has highlighted the need for householders to consult neighbours when seeking permission for home extensions under permitted development (PD) rights.
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.
This autumn is due to see a series of key policy developments. Colin Marrs looks ahead.
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.
Environmental and sustainability issues are growing in importance despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, writes Nick Chisholm-Batten.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.