Planners will help to "set the vision" to deliver the government's new 2050 net zero emissions target with the built environment offering some of the biggest opportunities to cut emissions, commentators have predicted.
Planning policies promoting design quality, incentives to build retirement housing, and the creation of 15 new towns on the outskirts of London are among a series of recommendations made by think tank Policy Exchange in a report that has been backed by two leading Tory leadership candidates.
Planning authorities in Wales are under-performing, failing to engage with residents, and struggling to improve the wellbeing of communities, according to a damning report from the Welsh public sector's external watchdog.
What the rise of local political parties opposing housing plans means for applicants and authorities
Despite overt opposition to emerging and adopted local plans, residents groups that have emerged as key players in three councils in the wider south east may find it difficult to dramatically revise local development strategies, Planning has discovered.
Planning spoke to independent inquiries review chair Bridget Rosewell about the new Planning Inspectorate (PINS) action plan.
Changes in administrations at eight key councils following last week's local elections are likely to impact on planning and development, say commentators.
- Enforcement Officer Medway Council Chatham, Kent
- Planning Officer (Career Grades) Sevenoaks District Council Sevenoaks, Kent
- Specialist Planning Officer Development Management Wokingham Borough Council Shute End Offices, Wokingham Borough Council
- Planner Medway Council Chatham, Kent
- Senior Planner - South West - Mixed Caseload Oyster Partnership South West England
Brexit has dominated the UK news agenda, but scant attention has been paid to its impact on the EU, and the EU's capacity to address the kind of regional disparities that decided the 2016 referendum.
The government's consultation on allowing shops, restaurants and other high street uses to change to offices without planning permission raises concerns, says Joey Gardiner.
The Raynsford review of the planning system makes sobering reading. It confronts planning professionals with some uncomfortable truths, not least that some "extremely poor quality" development is emerging from the system.
"They're lying on the planning application." "But there's nothing we can do." "They're powerful enough to get what they want without breaking the law." "That's why it pays to be friends with them. Yeah, they all watch each other's backs."