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Queen's Speech promises first National Infrastructure Strategy this autumn

Queen's Speech promises first National Infrastructure Strategy this autumn

A promise to publish the first National Infrastructure Strategy later this autumn, a bill to allow the High Speed Two (HS2) line between the West Midlands and Crewe and a white paper on further English devolution featured in today's Queen's Speech.

CPRE study finds just 15 per cent of greenfield homes in green belt affordable

CPRE study finds just 15 per cent of greenfield homes in green belt affordable

Just 15 per cent of homes built on greenfield land in the green belt, or on land recently deallocated from the green belt, were affordable between 2015/16 and 2018/19, according to new research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Government announces loan scheme to help housebuilders pay for schools 'up front'

Government announces loan scheme to help housebuilders pay for schools 'up front'

The government is to trial a scheme offering loans to developers to help them pay "up front" for new schools required to support housing growth, claiming that, along with providing new education facilities, the move will help "boost the viability of new housing estates".

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Five things we learned from the Labour conference

Five things we learned from the Labour conference

The Labour party held its annual conference in Brighton this week. Here are five things that we learned from the event.

What a government-backed review of national parks and AONBs could mean for planning

What a government-backed review of national parks and AONBs could mean for planning

A government-commissioned review seeks to beef up planning powers for areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), which some commentators fear could have resource implications for local authorities, and to strengthen the economic purpose of national parks.

No-deal Brexit impact planning: What to prepare for

No-deal Brexit impact planning: What to prepare for

Prime minister Boris Johnson is committed to leaving the EU on 31 October. How would a no-deal Brexit impact planning?

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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.