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Government announces plans to ‘simplify and consolidate’ permitted development rights

Government announces plans to ‘simplify and consolidate’ permitted development rights

The government has published plans to "simplify" and rationalise" permitted developments rights, as part of a review of such rights following recent changes to the Use Classes Order.

One in five councils face losing planning control under 2020 housing delivery test, Planning analysis shows

One in five councils face losing planning control under 2020 housing delivery test, Planning analysis shows

Almost one in five English councils are predicted to lose control of their planning policies for housing as a result of underperformance on the government's housing delivery test this year, according to an analysis by Planning.

Boroughs' land supply 'optimism bias' behind 86,000-home London Plan housing target shortfall, report says

Boroughs' land supply 'optimism bias' behind 86,000-home London Plan housing target shortfall, report says

There is a gap of 86,000 homes between London councils' likely housing delivery rates and the targets set in the new London Plan, with authorities guilty of "optimism bias" when assessing their land supply, a report by a consultancy has concluded.

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The signs that the government may be rowing back on its radical planning agenda

The signs that the government may be rowing back on its radical planning agenda

Many policy-watchers suspect the departure of Dominic Cummings from the heart of Number 10 and widespread backbench opposition will see the government compromise on some of its more radical planning changes outlined in the white paper. However, they expect the broad deregulatory thrust of the measures to remain.

What we know about the government's new design advisory body

What we know about the government's new design advisory body

While the precise form of the new national design advisory body is yet to be determined, it is unlikely to have formal planning powers, the government has revealed. Experts say it is important that the new body does not impose a national design vision and acknowledges local distinctiveness.

What the proposed scrapping of the soundness test might mean for local plans

What the proposed scrapping of the soundness test might mean for local plans

Plans to abolish the soundness test that local plans have to pass at examination and replace it with a "slimmed down" sustainable development assessment should help ease the promotion of large-scale settlements, say observers. However, some have raised concerns that it could mean development plans including less deliverable housing sites.

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Westminster’s failures show it might be time for a federal system, by Graeme Bell

Westminster’s failures show it might be time for a federal system, by Graeme Bell

Westminster's comparative inability, relative to the devolved nations, to unite the country in battling the pandemic is echoed in its lack of true leadership on planning issues. It's time to consider more a radical devolution of power.

Letter: Why the planning white paper's attempts to address viability challenges won’t lead to a housing increase

Letter: Why the planning white paper's attempts to address viability challenges won’t lead to a housing increase

The main thrust of the government’s planning white paper is that planning is complex. This is obvious, but in the absence of a white paper complaining that open heart surgery is complex, we must for now take seriously the idea that perhaps something should be done.

White paper raises big questions about democratic control of development, by Richard Garlick

White paper raises big questions about democratic control of development, by Richard Garlick

Predictions that the housing secretary, bruised by the controversy over his unlawful permission for a party donor, would avoid confrontation with his planning White Paper, have proved wide of the mark.

Why financial, political and placemaking realities mean council mergers are about to increase, by Catriona Riddell

Why financial, political and placemaking realities mean council mergers are about to increase, by Catriona Riddell

Councils in Surrey recently announced that they were aiming to move from the current two-tier structure with eleven districts and one county council to unitary status, possibly one council, possibly two – that bit is still up for debate.