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Planning Inspectorate to determine future of contested Kent airport site

Planning Inspectorate to determine future of contested Kent airport site

The Planning Inspectorate has accepted a development consent order application to reopen a Kent airport as an air freight hub, contrary to rival plans for 2,500 homes on the site being progressed by its owner.

Plans approved for 3,500-home Hampshire scheme

Plans approved for 3,500-home Hampshire scheme

A Hampshire council has granted permission for a mixed-use development of up to 3,500 homes after finalising a section 106 agreement with the consortium behind the plans.

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How a neighbourhood plan allocated sites for 260 greenfield homes

How a neighbourhood plan allocated sites for 260 greenfield homes

Fears of speculative development and a potentially higher housing target meant a village in South Oxfordshire went for a pro-growth approach in its neighbourhood plan.

How we did it: Increasing fee income by 69% in two years

How we did it: Increasing fee income by 69% in two years

Planning performance agreements helped drive one borough's fee growth up by 69 per cent in two years, says Adam Branson.

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

A bold suggestion to tax property owners near Crossrail 2 stations to pay for the project faces a number of practical challenges before it could be implemented, say experts.

Why Javid is making multiple decisions at a district level

Why Javid is making multiple decisions at a district level

The secretary of state has twice recently issued a series of decisions in a single council district simultaneously. But experts say the move is explained by local circumstances rather than any new national approach.


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