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.
As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing it appears that planning has made one giant leap backwards. Get this: in Hertfordshire an appeal has been allowed and approval...
If William Morris were still here he might be interested to know that, whilst many of his ideas were considered revolutionary in his lifetime, some have since been absorbed into mainstream...
Readers who move in certain circles might already be aware that, after his problems with a proposed private chapel on his Suffolk estate, Ed Sheeran does at least now have his wildlife...
Blanket planning policies restricting housing development in some types of rural settlement "will need to be supported by robust evidence", new planning guidance on the "housing needs of different groups" advises.
New planning guidance published yesterday has set out the evidence that may be provided to support the inclusion of sites within a local authority's five year housing land supply.
Planners will need to become familiarised with key design principles when assessing proposals, say David Birkbeck and Dr Stefan Kruczkowski.
The public needs to see that the standard method is free from political tinkering, by Richard Garlick
Plenty of planning authorities will be finding the figures generated by the government's standard method for assessing housing need uncomfortably large.
The key changes to how local authorities charge, collect and report on developer contributions, and their implications. Mark Wilding reports.
Practioners have questioned whether the government's first dedicated guidance on housing for older and disabled people will make much difference to the provision of such developments, especially without bolder action on use classes and site allocations.
Commentators are unsure if the outgoing Prime Minister's call for mandatory space standards in new homes will ever be implemented by her successor, but warn that such a move could make development less viable in places.
The current foreign secretary adopted a strongly localist stance earlier in his Parliamentary career but has recently indicated far more pro-development views.
Why a court ruling may make it harder for developers to use the NPPF's 'tilted balance' to win consent
A court ruling that last week quashed a secretary of state housing permission may make it harder for applicants to cite the National Planning Policy Framework's 'tilted balance' in favour of development, say some legal advisers. But other experts disagree.
POLICY: Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England.