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Hunter Page Planning acquired by construction consultancy

Hunter Page Planning acquired by construction consultancy

Planning consultancy Hunter Page Planning (HPP) has been acquired by property and construction consultants Ridge and Partners.

Exeter sub-region plan consultation delayed by district concerns

Exeter sub-region plan consultation delayed by district concerns

Public consultation on a joint strategic planning document for the Exeter sub-region has been postponed after one of the constituent districts voiced concerns about its content.

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Why planners need to take notice of duties under equality laws

Why planners need to take notice of duties under equality laws

A key court judgement overturning permission for a regeneration scheme reminds planners to ensure they clearly outline any issues that could impact on groups protected under equality legislation when determining such projects.

Why a pioneering joint spatial plan could point the way for a new generation of strategic plans

Why a pioneering joint spatial plan could point the way for a new generation of strategic plans

The progress of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) will be a key test of a new generation of strategic plans, according to practitioners.

How we did it: Winning consent for an 'exceptional' home

How we did it: Winning consent for an 'exceptional' home

Plans for an eco home in Devon had to pass a tough test on exceptional design quality, says David Dewar.

How pledges to carry out early reviews are aiding plan progress

How pledges to carry out early reviews are aiding plan progress

An inspector's decision to endorse a joint plan covering three Gloucestershire districts with heavy caveats furthers a trend of pragmatic decisions designed to help get plans in place, according to experts.


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