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MHCLG chief planner highlights new infrastructure levy, cross boundary planning and 'healthy places' as key themes of white paper responses

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

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".

Policy & Legislation In Depth

The policy and legislation changes to expect this winter and beyond

The policy and legislation changes to expect this winter and beyond

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be on chancellor Rishi Sunak's spending review this week, to see if it reduces the growing pile of promised but as-yet unpublished planning policy and legislation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 steps on which councils agree for replacing the duty to cooperate, by Catriona Riddell

The steps on which councils agree for replacing the duty to cooperate, by Catriona Riddell

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.

Where are the chief placemakers that ministers want all councils to employ?

Where are the chief placemakers that ministers want all councils to employ?

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

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.

How the new permitted development rights change the system: the Planning Briefing

How the new permitted development rights change the system: the Planning Briefing

What the new rights to extend buildings upwards, and demolish existing buildings to make way for new housing, mean for applicants and authorities

The implications of the planning white paper's proposals to accelerate decision-making

The implications of the planning white paper's proposals to accelerate decision-making

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 failures show it might be time for a federal system, by Graeme Bell

Westminster’s failures show it might be time for a federal system, by Graeme Bell

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 implications of the government's proposal to drop the five year housing land supply requirement

The implications of the government's proposal to drop the five year housing land supply requirement

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.