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Government announces 2050 net zero emissions target

Government announces 2050 net zero emissions target

Planners will help to "set the vision" to deliver the government's new 2050 net zero emissions target with the built environment offering some of the biggest opportunities to cut emissions, commentators have predicted.

Johnson and Gove back Policy Exchange calls for fresh planning changes

Johnson and Gove back Policy Exchange calls for fresh planning changes

Planning policies promoting design quality, incentives to build retirement housing, and the creation of 15 new towns on the outskirts of London are among a series of recommendations made by think tank Policy Exchange in a report that has been backed by two leading Tory leadership candidates.

Welsh planning authorities 'under resourced and under-performing'

Welsh planning authorities 'under resourced and under-performing'

Planning authorities in Wales are under-performing, failing to engage with residents, and struggling to improve the wellbeing of communities, according to a damning report from the Welsh public sector's external watchdog.

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What the rise of local political parties opposing housing plans means for applicants and authorities

What the rise of local political parties opposing housing plans means for applicants and authorities

Despite overt opposition to emerging and adopted local plans, residents groups that have emerged as key players in three councils in the wider south east may find it difficult to dramatically revise local development strategies, Planning has discovered.

Q&A: Independent inquiries review chair Bridget Rosewell on the PINS action plan

Q&A: Independent inquiries review chair Bridget Rosewell on the PINS action plan

Planning spoke to independent inquiries review chair Bridget Rosewell about the new Planning Inspectorate (PINS) action plan.

What the local election results mean for planning

What the local election results mean for planning

Changes in administrations at eight key councils following last week's local elections are likely to impact on planning and development, say commentators.

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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.

Raynsford makes a compelling case for radical reform of the system, by Richard Garlick

Raynsford makes a compelling case for radical reform of the system, by Richard Garlick

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.

Why innuendo cries out for rapid action, by Graeme Bell

Why innuendo cries out for rapid action, by Graeme Bell

"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."


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