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Sainsbury's refused consent to subdivide vacant Middlesbrough store into five units

Sainsbury's refused consent to subdivide vacant Middlesbrough store into five units

Councillors have refused plans by supermarket giant Sainsbury's to further subdivide an approved retail scheme on the edge of Middlesbrough into five separate units, after officers advised that the proposal would have negative impacts on the town centre.

Planning bodies issue strong objections to further relaxation of PD rights

Planning bodies issue strong objections to further relaxation of PD rights

Planning bodies have submitted strong objections to government proposals to further relax permitted development (PD) rights - including changes to allow commercial buildings to be demolished and redeveloped as housing - with the Planning Officers' Society arguing the move would 'undermine the confidence of the public in the planning system'.

Government-commissioned high streets report calls for planning capacity boost

Government-commissioned high streets report calls for planning capacity boost

The government's new High Streets Task Force, announced in October's Budget, should 'play a role in boosting local authority capacity to enable planning' to help revitalise town centres, a government-commissioned report has recommended.

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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.

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Planners need to start preparing now for the future impacts of autonomous vehicles, Matthew White suggests.

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

The draft UK air quality plan that campaigners finally dragged out of a reluctant government earlier this month indicates that there will be a sharp increase in zones across England in which targeted action is taken to improve air quality. But where these new zones will be, and how stringent the measures they will implement, is not yet clear.

How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

Gathering extensive data was vital in setting a policy to improve public health in an inner London borough. David Dewar reports.


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