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Kent Council backs 1,500-home waterfront scheme after Environment Agency flood concerns resolved

Kent Council backs 1,500-home waterfront scheme after Environment Agency flood concerns resolved

A Kent council has approved plans for a 1,500-home waterfront development, after concerns raised by the Environment Agency in relation to flood risk were resolved and officers advised that the scheme would make a ten per cent biodiversity net gain.

MHCLG announces new expert panel to advise on housing growth in OxCam Arc

MHCLG announces new expert panel to advise on housing growth in OxCam Arc

The housing ministry has announced a new "expert panel" to advise on housing and economic growth in the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, with a particular focus on new developments between Bedford and Cambridge.

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How a court ruling promises a legally safe method for mitigating water pollution from housebuilding

How a court ruling promises a legally safe method for mitigating water pollution from housebuilding

A High Court judgment endorsing a government agency's advice that seeks to ensure that new housing schemes in sensitive environmental areas in south Hampshire are nitrate-neutral may help boost development in the area and is likely to have wider implications for other places where the impact of pollution on protected sites is a concern, say commentators.

Local Plan Watch: Tunbridge Wells increases green belt release in latest draft plan

Local Plan Watch: Tunbridge Wells increases green belt release in latest draft plan

A Kent council has proposed an increase in the amount of land to be removed from the green belt while cutting housing allocations in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the latest iteration of its emerging local plan.

What the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge expressway means for planning and development in the area

What the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge expressway means for planning and development in the area

The government's cancellation of a planned expressway linking Oxford and Cambridge indicates that other major road projects may now be called into question due to conflict with climate change targets, observers suggest. But local plan preparation and development work are likely to benefit now that the uncertainty the road project had created is over.

Why some councils are challenging PINS over local plan failures

Why some councils are challenging PINS over local plan failures

Two councils in Kent are challenging inspectors' verdicts that their local plans failed the duty to cooperate - one via the courts, the other through a request for ministerial intervention. Practitioners suspect the moves are a political tactic to avoid implementing unpopular development strategies but say they face little chance of success.