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Planning system 'must provide strong policy support for onshore wind to meet zero carbon target'

Planning system 'must provide strong policy support for onshore wind to meet zero carbon target'

The planning system needs to provide "strong policy support" for renewable energy projects, including onshore wind, if the government is to meet its commitment to eliminate UK carbon emissions by 2050, a cross-party group of MPs has said.

Government announces 'rigorous' review of HS2 project

Government announces 'rigorous' review of HS2 project

An independent review of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project will consider whether alternative schemes could deliver the same connectivity, capacity, economic and environmental benefits, the government has announced.

Let councils set planning fees to help deal with austerity cuts, say MPs

Let councils set planning fees to help deal with austerity cuts, say MPs

Planning application fees should be set locally to help councils deal with the financial impacts of Whitehall's austerity cuts, a House of Commons committee has recommended, after finding that spending on planning and development services has dropped more since 2009/10 than any other area of local government.

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What the new housing ministerial team has in store for planning

What the new housing ministerial team has in store for planning

The arrival of a new housing secretary and housing minister may herald support for new settlements, development corporations and land value capture mechanisms, observers suggest, while their early statements indicate a focus on home ownership and continued green belt protection.

What Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister could mean for planning

What Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister could mean for planning

Johnson's record as London mayor and his pronouncements in his newspaper column indicate a favourable attitude towards the development sector and boosting housing supply. However, he has also voiced support for minimum space standards and build for rent and expressed concerns about industrial-to-residential permitted development rights.

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Interim recommendations by the government's design quality commission would place "beauty" at the heart of the planning system. Commentators expect the new Prime Minister to take forward the agenda, but suggest that under-resourced councils might struggle to push for higher design standards.

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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.

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.


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