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Corby allows huge logistics scheme on unallocated site despite local plan officers' concerns

Corby allows huge logistics scheme on unallocated site despite local plan officers' concerns

Corby Borough Council has given the green light to plans for a 400,000 square metre logistics scheme on open countryside despite the authority’s own local plan officers’ expressing concerns that the site is not allocated for development.

Coronavirus: Planning's live coverage

Coronavirus: Planning's live coverage

With the coronavirus likely to have far-reaching impacts on the planning system, click through to keep up to date with all the latest planning-related news on the crisis.

Build, Build, Build: Sector reaction

Build, Build, Build: Sector reaction

The government has announced what it described as the "most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War". Commentators from across the planning and development sectors have been giving their reactions.

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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.

How Covid-19 is changing housebuilders' approach to planning

How Covid-19 is changing housebuilders' approach to planning

Seven of the biggest housing providers tell us how the pandemic is altering their approach to planning, use of consultants and planning team staffing.

The most frequent, and most successful, housing appellants

The most frequent, and most successful, housing appellants

Risk – the single word commentators say is the key factor in determining a firm’s strategy to submitting appeals. This is reflected by the prominence of strategic land companies, which promote land through the planning system to achieve allocations and permissions, in this year’s list of the most frequent appellants against refusal of housing schemes.

Why the pandemic may make it harder for councils to defend their housing land supply positions

Why the pandemic may make it harder for councils to defend their housing land supply positions

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on housing delivery and viability is likely to make it more difficult for local authorities to demonstrate that their five-year land supply is robust, consultants and councils suggest.


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Legal Viewpoint: Lessons all round from court ruling on path diversion order

A recent High Court decision on a case from Oxfordshire considered the relevant factors to be taken into account by councils when determining whether to exercise their power to make a public path diversion order (PPO). The decision raises points for councils, vendors, purchasers and owners of adjacent land.

Can planners tame tourism, by Cliff Hague

The relentless growth of tourism is welcomed by cities' economic development teams, but can have damaging consequences for conservation.

Legal Viewpoint: Fruit farm ruling reinforces message on status of guidance

A recent High Court win for a Herefordshire fruit farmer has served to reinforce the point that planning guidance cannot, in itself, be relied upon as grounds for action - or decision-making on the part of planning committees.

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.