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How the NPPF revisions change the system, Part 14: Planning for town centres

How the NPPF revisions change the system, Part 14: Planning for town centres

Now updated and expanded, this section in our series of briefings on the final revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) looks at its refreshed approach to town centres and retail uses and examines responses to its introduction from key sector organisations. [Updated 13/9/18]

Go-ahead for edge-of-town Essex retail park despite employment use allocation

Go-ahead for edge-of-town Essex retail park despite employment use allocation

Plans have been approved for a retail park on the western edge of Colchester in Essex despite the proposed site being allocated for employment use in the council's local plan.

Retail park on Exeter's outskirts rejected against officer advice

Retail park on Exeter's outskirts rejected against officer advice

Plans for a retail park on the eastern outskirts of Exeter have been refused for a second time, despite officers' recommendation that the scheme be approved.

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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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