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Spring Statement: Government to consult on new planning measures to boost high streets

Spring Statement: Government to consult on new planning measures to boost high streets

The government has announced that it will consult shortly on new measures to help councils plan effectively for their town centres, including the use of compulsory purchase orders and local development orders (LDOs).

Spring Statement: Brokenshire confirms introduction of town centre PD right changes

Spring Statement: Brokenshire confirms introduction of town centre PD right changes

The government will bring forward most of its controversial package of new permitted development (PD) rights and use class flexibilities that aim to boost ailing high streets, but it is still considering proposals to allow office demolition for new homes, housing secretary James Brokenshire announced this afternoon.

RTPI urges government to drop proposed high street PD right changes

RTPI urges government to drop proposed high street PD right changes

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has called on the government to drop its controversial proposals to create new town centre permitted development (PD) rights or risk creating "dead frontages" on high streets across the country.

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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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