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Cheltenham temporarily eases planning rules to help businesses with social distancing

Cheltenham temporarily eases planning rules to help businesses with social distancing

A Gloucestershire council has introduced a new 'light-touch' planning regime to allow businesses to erect temporary structures to assist with social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Plans approved for 2,500-home Swindon urban extension

Plans approved for 2,500-home Swindon urban extension

Swindon Borough Council has approved plans for a 2,500-home urban extension, after officers advised that heritage concerns which led to a 2018 ministerial refusal of previous proposals for the site had been overcome by the developer removing an area of housing close to the remains of a Roman town.

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What the tribulations of the West of England plan mean for the future of joint strategies

What the tribulations of the West of England plan mean for the future of joint strategies

The withdrawal by local authorities from a four-year exercise in joint strategic planning is a setback for other areas engaging in cross-boundary collaboration, warn some observers. However, others say the demise of the West of England plan may actually provide helpful lessons for similar enterprises elsewhere.

Neighbourhood Watch: East Devon becomes county's district with most parish plans

Neighbourhood Watch: East Devon becomes county's district with most parish plans

News that a plan for Sidmouth has become the 17th neighbourhood plan to be adopted in a Devon district, making it the county's top area for parish plan coverage, features in our latest neighbourhood planning round-up.

Local Plan Watch: Newly-merged Dorset council consults on first plan

Local Plan Watch: Newly-merged Dorset council consults on first plan

A recently-formed unitary authority in Dorset has embarked on the first stages of preparing a local plan.

The trouble with England's first joint strategic plan

The trouble with England's first joint strategic plan

A decision by planning inspectors examining a joint strategic plan (JSP) produced by four councils in the west of England could have far-reaching implications for development in the four areas as well as nationally.


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