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Report calls for new use classes and planning guidance to support waterways development

Report calls for new use classes and planning guidance to support waterways development

The government should develop more flexible planning use classes and introduce new guidance to support "unusual uses" such as floating homes and lidos, a report examining ways to improve London's waterways has recommended.

One third of MHCLG-backed garden community homes 'have no formal planning status'

One third of MHCLG-backed garden community homes 'have no formal planning status'

The government's garden communities initiative could help deliver over 400,000 new homes, but just three per cent of these have been built so far while 30 per cent have no formal planning status, a report by consultancy Lichfields has found.

BPF calls for strengthened presumption in favour of sustainable development

BPF calls for strengthened presumption in favour of sustainable development

The National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) presumption in favour of sustainable development should be "refreshed" to ensure that "all but the most misguided" applications are approved, a property industry lobby group has said.

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Need to know: What demand for co-location of industrial and housing uses means for planning

Need to know: What demand for co-location of industrial and housing uses means for planning

The need for more homes and last-mile logistics space in central locations is prompting applications for the co-location of the two use classes. By Sophie Innes.

The planning promises expected in the general election manifestos

The planning promises expected in the general election manifestos

While the Conservatives' manifesto is likely to continue the current government's focus on the 'beauty' agenda and further planning deregulation to speed up housing delivery, observers predict that Labour will make building affordable homes and land value capture key policy pledges.

How the general election is likely to affect councils and developers

How the general election is likely to affect councils and developers

The announcement of the 12 December general election is unlikely to affect the progress of planning applications but could cause delays to local plan timetables and potentially divert planning staff resources, according to practitioners.

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Hard to gauge the impact of any eventual Brexit on planning and development, by Cliff Hague

Hard to gauge the impact of any eventual Brexit on planning and development, by Cliff Hague

With the election in full swing, it remains difficult to know just what form Brexit might take - if indeed it happens. It is even harder to guess what impacts it might have on planning and development.

Johnson's spell as mayor suggests focus on deregulation might be limited, by John Geoghegan

Johnson's spell as mayor suggests focus on deregulation might be limited, by John Geoghegan

With Parliament in recess and the High Court closed, August is typically a month when planning policy and legal activity grinds to a halt. But this year, there's plenty for Planning readers to catch up on during their summer holidays.

Both candidates seem likely to be pro-development Prime Ministers, by Richard Garlick

Both candidates seem likely to be pro-development Prime Ministers, by Richard Garlick

Firm policy commitments from the two remaining Tory leadership candidates have been thin on the ground.

EU and UK need a radical reinvention of regional policy and planning, by Cliff Hague

EU and UK need a radical reinvention of regional policy and planning, by Cliff Hague

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.