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Seven things you need to know about the government's 2020 spending review

Seven things you need to know about the government's 2020 spending review

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has delivered his long-awaited spending review for 2020. Here are seven key planning-related announcements from the review as well as from the long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy and the government’s response to the National Infrastructure Assessment.

Tory West Midlands mayor expects 'substantial change' to planning white paper

Tory West Midlands mayor expects 'substantial change' to planning white paper

Conservative West Midlands mayor Andy Street has said that he is expecting "substantial change" to the planning white paper, despite the government being "committed" to the document.

How the government might change its method of assessing housing need

How the government might change its method of assessing housing need

With the government announcing plans to "rebalance" its proposed new housing need formula to boost supply in urban areas, the North and the Midlands, practitioners suggest that consideration of economic growth factors or changes to the way affordability is measured may be on the cards.

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The Planning Consultancy Market Report 2020: Overview

The Planning Consultancy Market Report 2020: Overview

The biggest employers, the fastest-growing firms, the most lucrative services, which sectors will grow, the cheapest firms to hire, and the most expensive, plus what consultants think about virtual working, staffing levels next year and much more.

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 policy and legislation changes to expect this winter and beyond

The policy and legislation changes to expect this winter and beyond

All eyes will be on chancellor Rishi Sunak's spending review this week, to see if it reduces the growing pile of promised but as-yet unpublished planning policy and legislation

Stonehenge road tunnel 'is too short', academics warn

Stonehenge road tunnel 'is too short', academics warn

A call for the transport minister to rethink his "shocking" decision on the A303 tunnel near Stonehenge leads our roundup of today's newspapers.


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Legal viewpoint: Appeal court ruling gives guidance on implementing multiple site permissions

The Court of Appeal has reviewed the law on overlapping planning permissions and reached a judgment, the practical effect being that it will limit the extent to which developers can rely on multiple permissions relating to the same site.

Letter: Minister was wrong to discredit research on the impact of his method for assessing housing need

Last week housing minister Christopher Pincher branded as “speculative” well-received work by planning consultancy Lichfields demonstrating possible impacts of revisions to the government’s centralised assessment of local housing need.

Letter: We need to solve the disconnect between housing numbers and need

Resolving the housing crisis and delivering on the promise to “level up” English regions will need more than a review of the standard method to work out housing needs.

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.