The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has demanded further information from the housing secretary Robert Jenrick on his controversial Westferry Printworks appeal approval and has asked the minister to appear before the body to give evidence in person.
The government has announced what it described as the "most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War". Commentators from across the planning and development sectors have been giving their reactions.
The Prime Minister's 'Build, Build, Build' announcements yesterday were billed by Number 10 as the "most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War". Here are 11 things you need to know about the proposals.
The housing ministry has announced the appointment of the first female chief planner. Commentators say Joanna Averley’s arrival suggests the government is keen to show that it is concerned with upholding design quality standards, though there is some debate about how influential she could be over ministers.
Despite its radical language, most observers are sceptical that the government will implement a completely zonal planning system in the short term, but they expect an expansion of permitted development rights and relaxations of the use class order to be announced shortly.
The Commons housing, communities and local government select committee will consider a probe into housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s controversial decision to approve a 1,500-home scheme in east London, the body's chair has told Planning.
- Planning Officers x 4 City of London London (Greater)
- Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects/ Sustainability) City of London London (Greater)
- Planning Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring Officer Ebbsfleet Development Corporation Ebbsfleet Valley, Dartford
- Project Delivery Manager Chesterfield Borough Council Chesterfield, Derbyshire
- Planning Policy Manager Stevenage Borough Council Stevenage, Hertfordshire
- Planning Officer - Major Projects North Norfolk District Council Norfolk
- Senior Planning Officers North Norfolk District Council Cromer, Norfolk
- Senior Infrastructure Planner Dartford Borough Council Dartford, Kent
- Planning Policy Manager Mole Valley District Council Dorking, Surrey
- Principal Regeneration Officer Pembrokeshire County Council County Hall, Haverfordwest
By the time you read this, we will have a new government. We need stability to get on with the job of making good places, and a wholesale review of the system is the last thing that is required. But there are things that government can do to deliver better outcomes.
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.
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.
Firm policy commitments from the two remaining Tory leadership candidates have been thin on the ground.