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Government considering two new development corporations in Thames Estuary

Government considering two new development corporations in Thames Estuary

The government has said it is considering setting up "at least two" new development corporations in the Thames Estuary and has called for more "strategic level" joint planning in the area.

Minister pledges to revise Scottish planning bill to cut its 'eye-watering' £75m cost for councils

Minister pledges to revise Scottish planning bill to cut its 'eye-watering' £75m cost for councils

The Scottish Government has outlined plans to roll back changes to its controversial planning bill after a Holyrood study found that it would increase costs to local authorities by up to £75 million over 10 years.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 4: changes to planning practice guidance on housing need

Alongside the revised NPPF, key updates to planning practice guidance on housing and economic development needs assessments have also been issued. Some of the key changes are outlined below.

How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 3: Environment and energy

Following a recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling relating to development near sites protected by the European Union Habitats Directive, the government has made a small but important change to the NPPF as it relates to such development proposals.

How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 2: definition of deliverable sites

The February 2019 revision of the NPPF includes a minor but important change to the definition of deliverable sites.

How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 1: the standard method for assessing housing need

The government published a small but important revision to the NPPF related to the standard method for assessing housing need in February 2019.

How the February 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system: the Planning Briefing

How the February 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system: the Planning Briefing

How and when February 2019's revisions change policy and guidance, and the practical implications for practitioners.

Legal Viewpoint: Strategic assessment held inapplicable to framework

Legal Viewpoint: Strategic assessment held inapplicable to framework

Earlier this month, the High Court handed down judgment on a challenge to the secretary of state's decision to publish the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the basis that it should have undergone strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

Promised guidance will dictate who foots the bill for greater housebuilding diversity, by Chris Brown

Promised guidance will dictate who foots the bill for greater housebuilding diversity, by Chris Brown

There were widespread rumours over the last few months that civil servants in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) were not over-enthusiastic about delivering the Letwin approach to speeding up housing delivery.

Policy Summary: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' Clean Air Strategy 2019

Policy Summary: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' Clean Air Strategy 2019

POLICY: Clean Air Strategy 2019.


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