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Local Plan Watch: Three key findings on local plans from the National Audit Office's planning report

Local Plan Watch: Three key findings on local plans from the National Audit Office's planning report

Earlier this month, public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) published its wide-ranging review of how well the planning system is supporting the delivery of new homes. Here are three key findings on local plans.

How Rosewell's proposals would affect inquiry participants

How Rosewell's proposals would affect inquiry participants

Changes to the planning inquiry process proposed by the government-backed Rosewell review could save participants a lot of time, say consultants. But the Planning Inspectorate needs more resources to implement the recommendations, says the RTPI.

Five things we learned from the government's design conference

Five things we learned from the government's design conference

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) held its 'Better Design for Better Places' conference in Birmingham last week. Here are five key things we learnt from the event.

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Seven ways Bridget Rosewell's appeals review could change the planning inquiry process

Seven ways Bridget Rosewell's appeals review could change the planning inquiry process

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published the findings of a review by economist Bridget Rosewell aiming to speed up timescales for planning appeal inquiries. Here are seven key changes that the report calls for.

What Brokenshire's local plan intervention climbdown means for the programme's future

What Brokenshire's local plan intervention climbdown means for the programme's future

The housing secretary's declaration that he will not take over plan production at Wirral and Thanet councils shows that Whitehall lacks enthusiasm for full-blown intervention, say commentators.

Five things you need to know about National Audit Office's planning probe

Five things you need to know about National Audit Office's planning probe

Last week, public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) published a highly critical report into the government's handling of the planning system, concluding that it was "clear the system is not working well". Here are four key findings from the report, plus details on what happens next.

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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."

Government adviser's land value uplift proposals are worth noting, by Richard Garlick

Government adviser's land value uplift proposals are worth noting, by Richard Garlick

During last year's election campaign, the Conservative and Labour parties said that they would pursue a greater share for the public purse of unearned gains conferred on landowners by planning permission or infrastructure development.


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