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Plans for 5,000-seat Gloucestershire football stadium refused against officer advice

Plans for 5,000-seat Gloucestershire football stadium refused against officer advice

Councillors in Stroud have turned down plans for a new 5,000-seat wooden football stadium designed by Zaha Hadid Architects against the advice of planners.

Brokenshire dismisses plans for 1,600 homes in Essex countryside despite council's land supply deficit

Brokenshire dismisses plans for 1,600 homes in Essex countryside despite council's land supply deficit

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has refused plans for a 1,600-home development on open countryside in Braintree, despite the local authority's lack of a five-year housing land supply, after finding that the proposal would have an unacceptable impact on landscape character and a nearby listed building.

Why the proportion of new homes being built on brownfield land is falling

Why the proportion of new homes being built on brownfield land is falling

New government figures show a fall last year in the proportion of previously-used land used for new housing. Experts say a lack of central government targets may explain the drop and fear that recent policy changes may make it harder for councils to boost brownfield housing levels.

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CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.

The councils that grant consent without being asked

The councils that grant consent without being asked

Only four councils have opted to use a new upfront form of planning permission for sites listed on their brownfield land registers. Mark Wilding asks them about the lessons learned from their experiences.

The Planning Awards: Best of the best

The Planning Awards: Best of the best

This year's winners span 26 categories across planning and placemaking, Mark Wilding reports.

The most frequent, and most successful, major housing appellants

The most frequent, and most successful, major housing appellants

Our exclusive data reveals the firms that have lodged the most major housing appeals over the past seven years, their success rates and much more. By Mark Wilding.


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City growth will always magnify inequality without civic action, by Cliff Hague

Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.

Planners need youthful input, by Cliff Hague

The recent international strikes by school students in protest at government inaction on climate change should reinvigorate jaded planners.

Legal Viewpoint: Causes for concern raised by draft environment bill

Beware collateral impacts for the planning system arising from a draft bill published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) just before Christmas.

Strategic planning has been key to Chinese economic development, by Cliff Hague

Governments in the UK have fretted for four decades about ways to deregulate planning so as to speed development and economic growth. If they had looked through the other end of the telescope, and asked how they could strengthen the planning system to deliver growth, the results would have been more impressive.

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