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How new permitted development rights for shops and takeaways will affect councils' town centre management

How new permitted development rights for shops and takeaways will affect councils' town centre management

New regulations on permitted development rights aiming to revive town centres reveal a more rigorous prior approval process than initially envisaged, say observers.

Malthouse: Build-out penalties could form part of Accelerated Planning Green Paper

Malthouse: Build-out penalties could form part of Accelerated Planning Green Paper

Measures to encourage developers to build-out extant planning permissions more quickly, including potential higher Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) rates for schemes delivered "late", could form "part of the mix" of the government's Accelerated Planning Green Paper, the housing minister has suggested.

Government to send in 'planning experts' to help councils revitalise high streets

Government to send in 'planning experts' to help councils revitalise high streets

"Planning experts" will be seconded to local authorities to help breathe life into struggling high streets and town centres, the government has said.

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Five implications of the government's proposed PD right changes

Five implications of the government's proposed PD right changes

The proposed rights would be complicated for applicants to use, prompt councils to incur heavy costs and compromise design standards, say respondents to the government consultation.

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

Proposals for a new use class merging shops, financial services and restaurants could mean local authority planners losing control over town centre development, observers fear.

What the planned high street deregulation would allow developers to do without a planning application

What the planned high street deregulation would allow developers to do without a planning application

Proposals to ease the path for upward extensions of buildings and high street changes of use may not produce the intended results, commentators have warned.

Why an appeal ruling could shore up town centre shopping

Why an appeal ruling could shore up town centre shopping

An inspector's decision to uphold a Yorkshire council's refusal of an out-of-centre retail and leisure development scheme helps restore faith in planning policies intended to protect town centres, according to sector experts.


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