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Government pledges £20m cash boost for New Homes Bonus scheme

Government pledges £20m cash boost for New Homes Bonus scheme

The government has announced it will increase funding for the New Homes Bonus scheme by £20 million and maintain the same qualifying threshold for the programme.

The top ten minor development appeal decisions in 2018

The top ten minor development appeal decisions in 2018

Several small-scale appeal decisions have attracted widespread attention among subscribers to DCS Ltd's COMPASS online appeals database this year. Here are the ten most frequently downloaded minor and householder development cases in 2018.

What the government's biodiversity proposals could mean for planning

What the government's biodiversity proposals could mean for planning

New proposals requiring developers to leave habitats in a better condition after their scheme is built have prompted some conservation groups to claim they could allow developers to pay to "destroy nature". However, commentators say such fears are misplaced.

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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.

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.

Why rowing back on land value uplift has relieved the sector

Why rowing back on land value uplift has relieved the sector

The government's change of tack on allowing councils to base infrastructure charges on existing land value has saved the system from unnecessary extra complication, experts have concluded.

How the rocketing number of 'valued landscapes' disputes are being determined by decision-makers

How the rocketing number of 'valued landscapes' disputes are being determined by decision-makers

The contested issue of valued landscapes is an issue that has increasingly occupied planning inspectors and judges as well as councils and applicants in recent years, Stuart Watson finds.


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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.

Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Delays in decision-making on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) used to be an exceptional circumstance. Only one of the first 42 decisions missed the three month decision deadline. But suddenly they are becoming commonplace.

It's time for a hut revolution, by Chris Brown

Regulation can impact the built environment in ways that are largely invisible. For example, most European countries, indeed western countries generally, have a tradition of dachas, baches, huts which are basic recreation accommodation in rural, wooded or coastal locations.

Applicants as well as authorities need to raise their games, by Richard Garlick

Discussions about how to speed up the planning process usually seem to default to complaints about local planning authority performance, and what could be done to improve it.

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