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National Audit Office 'publishes damning report on HS2 delays and soaring costs'

National Audit Office 'publishes damning report on HS2 delays and soaring costs'

News of a 'damning' report by Parliament's spending watchdog on the High Speed Two (HS2) project, which found that it was running a decade late with a total cost unknown, features in today's newspaper round-up.

1,000-home scheme approved on unallocated site in Essex countryside

1,000-home scheme approved on unallocated site in Essex countryside

Braintree District Council has approved outline plans for 1,000 new homes on an unallocated countryside site after attributing "some weight" to the location's inclusion in a delayed draft joint local plan it is preparing with two other Essex authorities.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a North-East council has reported that former planning staff colluded with an applicant to secure advantages for a 2,000-home development.

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How inspectors differentiate unacceptably remote dwellings from those they approve

How inspectors differentiate unacceptably remote dwellings from those they approve

The factors that distinguish dwellings that inspectors see as unacceptably remote from those that they approve.

What the growth of local political parties means for planning

What the growth of local political parties means for planning

How is the rise of local political parties and independent groups affecting planning?

How new planning guidance on light pollution changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How new planning guidance on light pollution changes the system: the Planning Briefing

What the latest changes to government guidance are, and how they affect practitioners. By Isabella Kaminski.

The year in headlines

The year in headlines

Greta Thunberg and Sir Roger Scruton shared the 2019 Planning headlines with more familiar faces.


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While Britain flounders, China forges ahead, by Cliff Hague

It seems appropriate that my last column of the decade is being written in China. Why? Since 2010 China has added over 150 million urban dwellers: what happens here in the 2020s will impact on the future of the planet.

Hard to gauge the impact of any eventual Brexit on planning and development, by Cliff Hague

With the election in full swing, it remains difficult to know just what form Brexit might take - if indeed it happens. It is even harder to guess what impacts it might have on planning and development.

Planning lessons from the Commonwealth, by Cliff Hague

Some excellent, imaginative planning is being done in several Commonwealth countries.

Design guidance never creates well designed places, by Chris Brown

We aren't short of guidance on what makes a good place so it's intriguing to see Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) commissioning consultancy Tibbalds to write a 'visual design guide' to form part of the Planning Practice Guidance supporting the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)