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Tory 2019 election victory: Live reaction blog

Tory 2019 election victory: Live reaction blog

Leading built environment groups and individuals have been reacting to news of the Conservative Party's victory in yesterday's general election.

Tory 2019 election victory: Seven key planning promises made by the party

Tory 2019 election victory: Seven key planning promises made by the party

Following a decisive Conservative victory in yesterday's general election, the path is clear for the new government to pursue its manifesto pledges. We look at seven key planning promises made by the Tories during the campaign.

Neighbourhood Watch: Examiner proposes changes to Devon AONB plan's housing policy

Neighbourhood Watch: Examiner proposes changes to Devon AONB plan's housing policy

An examiner has recommended that a neighbourhood plan in a Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) should amend its housing policy.

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How we did it: Producing a joint plan for a protected landscape

How we did it: Producing a joint plan for a protected landscape

How two councils drew up the first jointly produced plan for an area of outstanding natural beauty. By Colin Marrs.

The top ten appeal and call-in decisions of 2019

The top ten appeal and call-in decisions of 2019

We summarise the ten most frequently downloaded decisions from the COMPASS online appeals database during 2019.

How the Tory pledge to review the Oxbridge Expressway will affect the road corridor's development

How the Tory pledge to review the Oxbridge Expressway will affect the road corridor's development

A promise by the transport secretary during the general election campaign to review a proposed new expressway between Oxford and Cambridge has prompted concerns about the government's commitment to housing growth in the area and looks set to further delay planning work based on the proposal.

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.


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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)

Johnson's spell as mayor suggests focus on deregulation might be limited, by John Geoghegan

With Parliament in recess and the High Court closed, August is typically a month when planning policy and legal activity grinds to a halt. But this year, there's plenty for Planning readers to catch up on during their summer holidays.