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National Infrastructure Commission to be tasked with examining airports expansion

National Infrastructure Commission to be tasked with examining airports expansion

The government is to ask its infrastructure advisory body to examine the case for additional runways at airports across the country, its draft aviation strategy has said.

High Court set to hear campaigners' NPPF legal challenge

High Court set to hear campaigners' NPPF legal challenge

Campaigners seeking to have the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) declared unlawful will have their case heard at the High Court tomorrow and said they expect a judgement to be issued by the end of January.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Day-to-day planning goes on amid ministerial change and policy churn, by Richard Garlick

Day-to-day planning goes on amid ministerial change and policy churn, by Richard Garlick

It has felt like a momentous year for planning, and in this edition we do our best to round it up. The ministerial merry go-round has continued, with one new housing secretary and two new planning ministers.

Policy Summary: Giving councils greater flexibility to dispose of public land for housing

Policy Summary: Giving councils greater flexibility to dispose of public land for housing

POLICY: Government consultation on disposal of local authority land.

Briefing: The implications of the new definition of housing site 'deliverability'

Briefing: The implications of the new definition of housing site 'deliverability'

The government's new definition of housing site 'deliverability' introduces a tough test for councils and developers, says Mike Kiely.

Why the latest European Court habitats ruling further raises the bar for planners

Why the latest European Court habitats ruling further raises the bar for planners

The latest European Court ruling on protected habitats indicates that developers and planners should take a broader approach to assessing the impacts of plans and projects on such zones, though experts are divided on the significance of the ruling.

The authorities whose land supply targets are predicted to be changed by the Housing Delivery Test

The authorities whose land supply targets are predicted to be changed by the Housing Delivery Test

Publication of the formal results from the new Housing Delivery Test for local authorities is likely to bring big changes to the five-year land supply position at a significant number of councils, according to experts.

How new homes figures could affect the impact of the government's delivery test

How new homes figures could affect the impact of the government's delivery test

Following the publication of new homes figures, research by Planning suggests that more than a third of local authorities are set to face sanctions under the new housing delivery test.

Policy Summary: Government seeks views on compulsory shale gas scheme pre-application consultation

Policy Summary: Government seeks views on compulsory shale gas scheme pre-application consultation

POLICY: Compulsory community pre-application consultation for shale gas development.

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

Proposals for a new use class merging shops, financial services and restaurants could mean local authority planners losing control over town centre development, observers fear.


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