280,000 homes could be built in London above railway and tube lines, according to a new study by an engineering firm, about 30,000 more than previous research suggested.
The government has responded cautiously to MPs' calls for the public purse to capture more of the land value uplift generated by planning permissions. However, some minor innovations to make the compulsory purchase system more transparent are promised.
Politicians must better explain the 'trade-offs' in the planning system and how development can pay for public infrastructure, according to a new report.
The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) held its annual conference in London in November. Here are five key things we learnt from the event:
The Raynsford Review of Planning, commissioned by campaign group the Town and Country Planning Association, was published this week. Its remit was to identify the kind of planning system that England would need from 2020. Here are its key messages.
Sir Roger Scruton, the controversial chair of a new government commission looking to improve beauty in the built environment, is sceptical about contemporary architecture but a supporter of a strong planning system.
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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.
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.
"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."
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.