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Doncaster consults on plan with housing target 60 per cent higher than standard method

Doncaster consults on plan with housing target 60 per cent higher than standard method

A Yorkshire council is consulting on a draft local plan that proposes a housing target almost 60 per cent higher than its local need figure as calculated using the government's new standard method.

Plans for 261 'low quality' homes refused by Hampshire council despite land supply shortfall

Plans for 261 'low quality' homes refused by Hampshire council despite land supply shortfall

Fareham Borough Council has refused planning permission for 261 homes on farming land on 21 grounds, including the proposal's "adverse visual effect on the countryside" and "low quality", which the authority says outweigh its lack of a five-year housing land supply.

Four further changes to Planning Practice Guidance that you need to know

Four further changes to Planning Practice Guidance that you need to know

The government published 23 updates to its Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) toward the end of last month. Here are four key changes you may have missed.

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Policy Summary: Guidance for local authorities on the role of planning in climate change adaptation

Policy Summary: Guidance for local authorities on the role of planning in climate change adaptation

POLICY: Preparing for a Changing Climate: Good Practice Guidance for Local Government.

Briefing: How plan-makers'assessment and sustainability checks are evolving

Briefing: How plan-makers'assessment and sustainability checks are evolving

Environmental and sustainability issues are growing in importance despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, writes Nick Chisholm-Batten.

The issues on which the government planning review is set to focus

The issues on which the government planning review is set to focus

Yet another review of planning rules has been promised by the new Prime Minister. Some influential figures within his Cabinet are backing radical change, but his own track record does not suggest a willingness to let the market rip.

Ten appeal decisions from 2019 that you need to know about

Ten appeal decisions from 2019 that you need to know about

Click through to view Planning's summary of the ten most frequently downloaded decisions from the COMPASS online appeals database during the first six months of 2019.


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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.

City growth will always magnify inequality without civic action, by Cliff Hague

Over the last 20 years, two fundamental facts have emerged about cities.

Planners need youthful input, by Cliff Hague

The recent international strikes by school students in protest at government inaction on climate change should reinvigorate jaded planners.

Legal Viewpoint: Causes for concern raised by draft environment bill

Beware collateral impacts for the planning system arising from a draft bill published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) just before Christmas.

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