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Building over London rail and tube lines 'could deliver 280,000 homes'

Building over London rail and tube lines 'could deliver 280,000 homes'

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.

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

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 planning trade-offs and public benefits from development'

Politicians 'must better explain planning trade-offs and public benefits from development'

Politicians must better explain the 'trade-offs' in the planning system and how development can pay for public infrastructure, according to a new report.

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Five key messages from the TCPA conference

Five key messages from the TCPA conference

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:

Six things you need to know about the Raynsford review

Six things you need to know about the Raynsford review

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.

What we know about beauty commission chair Sir Roger Scruton's views on planning and design

What we know about beauty commission chair Sir Roger Scruton's views on planning and design

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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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."

Government adviser's land value uplift proposals are worth noting, by Richard Garlick

Government adviser's land value uplift proposals are worth noting, by Richard Garlick

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.


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