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Appeal Court rejects bid to halt Kent council's residential conversion enforcement action

Appeal Court rejects bid to halt Kent council's residential conversion enforcement action

The Court of Appeal has upheld a council's enforcement action against the illegal development of three new residential buildings in the countryside, refuting the owner's claim that the authority's demand for the complete demolition of the structures was 'over-enforcement'.

'Record numbers' object to Trump golf course housing plans

'Record numbers' object to Trump golf course housing plans

Reports that 'a record number of people' have objected to plans by the Trump Organization to build a new housing estate near the US president's golf course in Scotland feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Go-ahead for 400 Nottinghamshire green belt homes

Go-ahead for 400 Nottinghamshire green belt homes

Plans have been approved for 400 homes on a green belt site in Nottinghamshire after planners concluded it was 'inevitable' that the site would be removed from the green belt.

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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 growth corridor road route could impact on planning

How growth corridor road route could impact on planning

Government proposals for a transport corridor between Oxford and Cambridge are causing uncertainty as to how they should be factored into local planning strategies.

Six things we learned from the Labour Party Conference

Six things we learned from the Labour Party Conference

The Labour Party held its annual conference in Liverpool this week. Here are six key things we learned about planning at the event.

Can the planning system provide the logistics space needed to meet demand?

Can the planning system provide the logistics space needed to meet demand?

Revised national policy shows support for meeting the logistics sector's space needs, but experts anticipate continuing struggles to secure planning consent, Mark Wilding reports.


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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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