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Government infrastructure advisor calls for new freight planning guidance

Government infrastructure advisor calls for new freight planning guidance

Ministers must publish new planning practice guidance to help the UK logistics sector cut carbon emissions and congestion, a report by the government's infrastructure advisory body has said.

What now for Scruton's beauty commission?

What now for Scruton's beauty commission?

The need to find a new chair for the government-appointed Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission following Sir Roger Scruton's sacking has raised questions about its ability to meet its target of reporting this year. But insiders say a lot of work has already been done, and that discussion has moved beyond architectural styles to other place-shaping factors.

Government's chief planner warns of fresh wave of planning changes

Government's chief planner warns of fresh wave of planning changes

The government's chief planner Steve Quartermain has warned planners to expect further changes to the planning system, and has lamented a lack of response from planners to a resourcing survey conducted on behalf of the government.

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Why the Scottish Planning Bill is in crisis

Why the Scottish Planning Bill is in crisis

Hundreds of changes to Scotland's flagship planning bill have dismayed both planners and developers and now the legislation's future is in question. But opposition politicians may be willing to help rescue it, Planning has discovered.

Policy Summary: Government's and local partners' joint vision for the Oxford to Cambridge arc

Policy Summary: Government's and local partners' joint vision for the Oxford to Cambridge arc

POLICY: The Oxford-Cambridge Arc: Government ambition and joint declaration between government and local partners.

What can be expected from the government's promised housing diversity guidance

What can be expected from the government's promised housing diversity guidance

Commentators say new housing diversity guidance promised by the communities secretary could set out specific tenures that the government wants to encourage but is unlikely to be too prescriptive.

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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.

Permitted development rights won't save the high street, by Joey Gardiner

Permitted development rights won't save the high street, by Joey Gardiner

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.

Raynsford makes a compelling case for radical reform of the system, by Richard Garlick

Raynsford makes a compelling case for radical reform of the system, by Richard Garlick

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.

Why innuendo cries out for rapid action, by Graeme Bell

Why innuendo cries out for rapid action, by Graeme Bell

"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."


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