Councillors at a West Midlands local authority have approved a consultation paper setting out plans for potential green belt release to accommodate a 'high' rate of housing growth.
A West of England council has published local plan options that would allow it to meet a 14,500-home housing target, including proposals to ban new student housing outside of university campuses.
Westminster City Council is proposing to limit the size of new homes to 150 square metres in its draft local plan in an effort to promote "mixed communities" and discourage "empty super-prime properties".
- Senior Planner Adlington Congleton, Cheshire
- Planning Policy Officer Elmbridge Borough Council Esher, Surrey
- Town Planner / Senior Planner | Gloucestershire | Prestigious Consultancy Lewis Davey Gloucestershire
- Principal Planning Policy Officer Lewis Davey CB Spalding, Lincs
- MAJOR PROJECTS TEAM LEADER DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
How are the three councils undergoing central government scrutiny of their local plan production faring, asks Adam Branson.
Two councils in the East of England dovetailed local plans to manage a strong growth agenda, Colin Marrs reports.
Hold-ups on a planning strategy put together by four West Country unitary authorities highlight the difficulties and uncertainties facing joint spatial plans, according to experts.
A village community group used a pioneering process to grant permission on a key site, says Colin Marrs.
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Use our new interactive map to view how many applications for neighbourhood planning powers have been received by English councils and the names of the groups that have submitted them.
Planning was front and centre at this year's Conservative Party Conference. Housing minister Kit Malthouse made it clear that the government wants to see local authorities planning jointly at county or regional level.
Neighbourhood plans are here to stay. The latest government figures show that more than 2,400 groups have started on producing one. They are without equal as mechanisms for engaging local people in the planning system.
The government has done a pretty comprehensive job of distancing itself from the new standard method for assessing housing need. Before the Office of National Statistics household projections came out last month, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) had already said that it would consider revising the standard method.
The negation of the idea of regional-scale planning within a national spatial framework has done self-inflicted damage to cohesion within the UK, says Cliff Hague.