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Planning news - 14 December 2017

Published: Thursday, 14th December 2017

LGA says councils are hampered by planning fee increase delay, Dover AONB homes stopped by Supreme Court, Brownfield registers don’t consider small sites – CPRE. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 7 December 2017

    Published: Thursday, 7th December 2017

    New online tool judges sustainability of proposals, Compulsory purchase orders fall sharply but remain successful, Clark closes fracking consent loophole. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 30 November 2017

    Published: Thursday, 30th November 2017

    £300m for community housing, London Plan: Khan lays out his proposals for fracking, cycling, the green belt and pubs, Industrial Strategy includes £170m for construction sector. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 23 November 2017

    Published: Thursday, 23rd November 2017

    Celebrated landscapes under pressure from housing development, Javid threatens intervention in 15 councils for local plan failure, And more stories...

  • Planning news - 16 November 2017

    Published: Thursday, 16th November 2017

    Hammond urged to address construction staff shortages in London, Report: Councils should be able to buy land at cheaper prices, Green light for three major Cardiff developments. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 9 November 2017

    Published: Thursday, 9th November 2017

    Commercial ownership data made free, ‘Cowboy clients hampering’ SME builders, 2,000 approved Carlisle plots for housing. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 2 November 2017

    Published: Thursday, 2nd November 2017

    Hammond wants to build on green belt land, National park asks builders to consider the park for new homes, Khan calls on government to increase cash for housing. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 26 October 2017

    Published: Thursday, 26th October 2017

    Government think tank demands review of London planning, Funding awarded to improve local roads and unlock housing, Demolition of Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre moves forward. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 19 October 2017

    Published: Thursday, 19th October 2017

    Digital tool launched to pinpoint development land potential, Downing Street summit hears May’s pledge to boost house building, Network Rail releases sites for housing. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 12 October 2017

    Published: Thursday, 12th October 2017

    Development approved after mayor doubles affordable housing, Silvertown Tunnel decision delayed, Builders pledge to recruit and train workforce. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 5 October 2017

    Published: Thursday, 5th October 2017

    May commits £2bn extra to affordable housing, Garden towns get cash boost, HBF: Help to Buy has driven record rise in planning permissions. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 28 September 2017

    Published: Thursday, 28th September 2017

    Sharma announces compulsory purchase reform, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation adds 600 homes, Welsh economic strategy stresses importance of planning. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 21 September 2017

    Published: Thursday, 21st September 2017

    Sharma allots £22m for communities to help deliver housing, Sir Terry Farrell invites planning profession to make the most of IT, Cardiff Bay tidal lagoon makes progress. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 14 September 2017

    Published: Thursday, 14th September 2017

    Sharma launches shop for land, Green belt shrinks owing to inclusion in eight local plans, Westminster plans for 1,700 new homes, And more stories...

  • Planning news - 7 September 2017

    Published: Thursday, 7th September 2017

    Khan plans to buy land for housing with £250m, Call for community land trusts to be exempt from leasehold reforms, City-regions could make better places using tech, says RTPI. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 31 August 2017

    Published: Thursday, 31st August 2017

    Khan announces first 100 per cent affordable housing site, Housing plans dropped owing to government ‘indecision’, says NHF, Whole Estate Plan endorsed in South Downs. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 24 August 2017

    Published: Thursday, 24th August 2017

    Northern leaders demand fairer transport deal. Second home ownership rises in Britain. £45.5m investment to unlock homes in Leicestershire and South -East. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 17 August 2017

    Published: Thursday, 17th August 2017

    Khan releases finalised supplementary planning guidance, London’s Garden Bridge project closed, Khan plans to make London a National Park City. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 10 August 2017

    Published: Thursday, 10th August 2017

    Report: Sharma's top priorities, International status of Wales’s national parks and AONBs under threat, Clark approves East Anglia offshore wind farm. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 3 August 2017

    Published: Thursday, 3rd August 2017

    Council reviews planning decisions owing to wrong air quality data, Government frees up £54m to release land for housing. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 27 July 2017

    Published: Thursday, 27th July 2017

    SME construction growth slows, Night czar offers recipe for saving London’s LGBT venues, Welsh minister clarifies aspects of mandatory regional planning regime. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 20 July 2017

    Published: Thursday, 20th July 2017

    Counties press for new planning role to link housing and infrastructure, Khan announces £1.7bn affordable homes deal, £6.6bn HS2 contracts awarded. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 13 July 2017

    Published: Thursday, 13th July 2017

    Parliamentarians warn of Brexit disaster for homes and infrastructure, Third of permissions not built, claims Shelter, Uncertain future for capital’s green spaces. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 6 July 2017

    Published: Thursday, 6th July 2017

    £2.3bn housing infrastructure fund launched, Massive increase in homes approved for green belt, Self and custom build homes market on the rise. And more stories...

  • Planning News 29 June 2017

    Published: Thursday, 29th June 2017

    Raynsford review aims for ‘fairer’ planning system, Government urged to press ahead with infrastructure plans, Help to Buy helps more than 240,000 first-time buyers. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 22 June 2017

    Published: Thursday, 22nd June 2017

    Residential approvals up nine per cent in Jan-March 2017, Councils can apply for heritage zone status, Report: Planning system fails to support industrial strategy. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 15 June 2017

    Published: Thursday, 15th June 2017

    Alok Sharma appointed as planning minister, Khan plans to turn London into world’s leading smart city, Go-ahead for key Swansea city redevelopment. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 8 June 2017

    Published: Thursday, 8th June 2017

    Revised regime for Welsh historic environment comes into force, Indoor air quality is ‘a planning issue’ and S106 agreement for Kent garden suburb signed. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 1 June 2017

    Published: Thursday, 1st June 2017

    Exploratory shale gas drilling approved in Nottinghamshire, English new-build starts on the rise, Consultation for proposed sustainable drainage regime in Wales. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 25 May 2017

    Published: Thursday, 25th May 2017

    UK councils 'increasingly unable' to meet affordable housing demands, Value of new construction contracts down – new figures. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 18 May 2017

    Published: Sunday, 14th May 2017

    Welsh ministers mull over new legislation for national parks and AONBs, Masterplanner chosen for Old Oak regeneration. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 11 May 2017

    Published: Thursday, 11th May 2017

    Supreme Court issues ruling on NPPF paragraph 49, Reaction to court ruling on the NPPF, Housing white paper: Measures ‘not sufficient’ to mitigate years of under-investment in planning. And more...

  • Planning news - 4 May 2017

    Published: Thursday, 4th May 2017

    Neighbourhood Planning Bill passes into law, End ‘big eight’ house builders’ dominance to fix housing market, say MPs, Planning permissions for new homes continue to rise. And more stories...

  • Planning news - 27 April 2017

    Published: Wednesday, 26th April 2017

    MPs demand sustainable drainage drive to curb flooding, Tribunal ruling on planning status in property decisions, Liverpool approves another three-tower scheme and more stories...

  • Planning News - 20 April 2017

    Published: Thursday, 20th April 2017

    Councils call for joined-up legislation to protect renters, County councils unveil developers shortlist for housing, RTPI points to missing links in industrial strategy. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 13 April 2017

    Published: Thursday, 13th April 2017

    Lower Thames Crossing preferred route announced, 43% of councils yet to publish draft local plan and Developers support government pledge to free up brownfield land. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 6 April 2017

    Published: Thursday, 6th April 2017

    Government launches brownfield registers. £40m to boost economic growth on the coast. Lambeth vows to protect workspace. And mores stories...

  • Planning News - 30 March 2017

    Published: Thursday, 30th March 2017

    Statistics show 3% increase in planning authority decisions. Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Government proposes own amendment to protect pubs. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 23 March 2017

    Published: Thursday, 23rd March 2017

    Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Lords approve final amendments and pass the bill. SMEs and local authorities receive cash injection to update planning system. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 16 March 2017

    Published: Thursday, 16th March 2017

    Khan approves two housing developments. Right to Buy ban bill launched in Wales. Southwark to protect its pubs. Guidance on creating inclusive environments launched.

  • Planning News - 9 March 2017

    Published: Thursday, 9th March 2017

    Budget 2017: Transport funding announced for the Midlands and the North, Housing White Paper fails to address coordinated approach to tackle shortage, Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Lords vo

  • Planning News - 2 March 2017

    Published: Thursday, 2nd March 2017

    Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Tight vote as Lords seek to make plain government’s intent on conditions. Council leader outlines garden village proposal. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 23 February 2017

    Published: Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

    Green belt is key natural capital asset, says Helm. Northern Powerhouse must include housing element. Right to Build taskforce is launched. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 16 February 2017

    Published: Thursday, 16th February 2017

    Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Communities should have a say over pub conversions. Bakerloo Line extension to support 25,000 new homes. Report: Parks face period of decline. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 9 February 2017

    Published: Thursday, 9th February 2017

    Housing white paper: Right homes, right places; Building homes faster; Market diversification; Government vows to help people now. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 2 February 2017

    Published: Thursday, 2nd February 2017

    Government’s neighbourhood planning policy challenged. Guidance published to drive forward local growth. Report: Focus should be on releasing land through planning system. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 26 January 2017

    Published: Thursday, 26th January 2017

    250,000 social rented homes could be lost by 2020 – CIH. Redhill cinema scheme approved. Planning tool upgraded to help London’s transport challenges. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 19 January 2017

    Published: Thursday, 19th January 2017

    Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Lords express concerns about planning conditions measures. £1.2 billion allocated for England's roads. And more stories...

  • Planning News - 12 January 2017

    Published: Thursday, 12th January 2017

    72% of councillors think planning system is undemocratic. Britain to get quick-build homes – Javid. Javid assigns £7bn to affordable homes. And more stories...

  • Ministers press ahead with pre-commencement conditions revamp and neighbourhood plan regime changes

    Published: Thursday, 22nd December 2016

    Government publishes responses on consultations aimed at strengthening the neighbourhood planning regime and improving the use of planning conditions…

  • New Homes Bonus scheme revamp confirmed

    Published: Thursday, 22nd December 2016

    Javid announces changes to the New Homes Bonus scheme including the introduction of a national baseline for housing growth of 0.4 per cent...

  • EIA modifications consultation launched

    Published: Thursday, 22nd December 2016

    New consultation on the latest version of the Environment Impact Assessment launched, with potential changes to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the infrastructure planning regime...

  • National Infrastructure Commission bangs the drum for a 5G blueprint

    Published: Thursday, 22nd December 2016

    New report, “Connected Future”, calls for prioritisation of digital infrastructure in local planning policy to ensure the UK is ready for 5G...

  • Historic England calls for a capital heritage strategy in new London Plan

    Published: Thursday, 22nd December 2016

    New report from Historic England calls for a revised London Plan that encourages future planning and design to be inspired by a place’s historic character…

  • Planning round-up 22 December 2016

    Published: Thursday, 22nd December 2016

    Proposals for 2,000-home Northumberland garden village submitted. Latest development control stats. Northamptonshire housing scheme rebuffed again. And more stories...

  • Neighbourhood plans strengthened by government

    Published: Thursday, 15th December 2016

    Protection increased for neighbourhood plans so that they are no longer deemed out-of-date unless there is a significant lack of land supply in the wider local authority area...

  • Finance and new advice for estate regeneration

    Published: Thursday, 15th December 2016

    Planning’s role in transforming neighbourhoods is highlighted as the government announces an additional £32m of funding to help regenerate neglected housing estates...

  • New poll paints bleak picture of planning resources

    Published: Thursday, 15th December 2016

    Joint research finds that over 90 per cent of local authorities believe the government’s housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources...

  • Developers who quashed Sussex neighbourhood plan lose appeal

    Published: Thursday, 15th December 2016

    Javid refuses appeal for redevelopment of the former Sandgate Nurseries, a decision that comes after the developers successfully challenged the lawfulness of the approved Henfield Neighbourhood Plan…

  • Javid allows out of town Sainsbury’s development at Southport

    Published: Thursday, 15th December 2016

    Javid agrees that a Sainsbury’s store should be approved for a Southport out-of-town retail park, stating that the scheme would not harm the vitality of the town centre...

  • Planning round-up 15 December 2016

    Published: Thursday, 15th December 2016

    Developers criticise Greater Manchester strategy for lack of ambition, Bristol’s Broadmead revamp, Sheffield mulls urban outdoor facility, And more stories...

  • Report warns of 'inappropriate' development in National Parks

    Published: Thursday, 8th December 2016

    A report published this week by three key conservation bodies highlights the threat to National Parks from major developments and fracking...

  • Three new rail stations proposed for Leeds in ambitious transport strategy

    Published: Thursday, 8th December 2016

    Leeds City Council has unveiled proposals for three new rail stations and an airport rail link as part of a planned £270m investment in transport for the city...

  • Master plan submitted for 1,000-home mixed-use project in Rochdale

    Published: Thursday, 8th December 2016

    Russell Homes has proposed a ‘long-term’ development of a 130-hectare site in South Heywood, involving up to 1,000 new homes...

  • Communities Secretary approves 680-home new neighbourhood for Eastleigh

    Published: Thursday, 8th December 2016

    Javid allows appeal for a sustainable development near Eastleigh, concluding that the adverse impacts of the scheme do not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the identified benefits…

  • Scottish government proposes huge hike in planning charges

    Published: Thursday, 8th December 2016

    Proposals for the fees of major planning applications to be increased fourfold have been put forward by Scottish government…

  • Planning round-up 8 December 2016

    Published: Thursday, 8th December 2016

    Boost for private rented provision. Deal over Leeds skyscraper risks. Shale gas planning aid. HCA regulatory reform backed. Infrastructure pipeline report. And more stories...

  • White Paper delayed as Javid ups the ante on land-banking

    Published: Thursday, 1st December 2016

    Communities secretary reveals that the White Paper which will set out the government's future housing strategy will be delayed until next year…

  • Government insists highway projects will boost economy and housing

    Published: Thursday, 1st December 2016

    Transport Secretary sets out further details for the £1.3bn road investment funding announced in the Autumn Statement...

  • SoS questioned over Birmingham plan decision

    Published: Thursday, 1st December 2016

    Javid defends decision to withdraw the holding direction on the Birmingham Development Plan that is proposing to build 51,000 homes in the city, including in some green belt locations…

  • Boost for the capital’s affordable homes

    Published: Thursday, 1st December 2016

    London Mayor publishes proposed new planning guidance designed to support the construction of 90,000 new affordable homes in the capital over the next five years…

  • Jodrell Bank concerns halt Cheshire housing scheme

    Published: Thursday, 1st December 2016

    Javid refuses appeal for 119 homes in Cheshire, highlighting the harm to the efficiency of the radio telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory as critical in his decision…

  • Planning round-up 1 December 2016

    Published: Thursday, 1st December 2016

    New-build starts on the up. Local plans failing on climate change and carbon cuts. Latest land-use change stats. East Sussex homes allowed despite development plan concerns. And more stories...

  • Autumn Statement promises funds to boost housebuilding

    Published: Thursday, 24th November 2016

    Government announces an array of new funding packages to increase housebuilding in areas where housing need is greatest…

  • England’s ’Silicon Valley’ needs joined-up strategy says National Infrastructure Commission

    Published: Thursday, 24th November 2016

    Report highlights an under supply of homes in the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor made worse by poor transport connectivity between the cities…

  • Fresh twist over Greater Belfast development plan saga

    Published: Thursday, 24th November 2016

    High court ruling ends uncertainty for the Belfast Metropolitan area by confirming that the bulky goods restriction should not be taken into account in informing planning decisions...

  • London council rolls out regeneration company

    Published: Thursday, 24th November 2016

    London borough to set up new regeneration company, aiming to meet ambitious targets for new homes and provide better infrastructure and more jobs in the area...

  • Javid blocks major Staffordshire housing scheme

    Published: Thursday, 24th November 2016

    Communities Secretary dismisses appeal for mixed-use development in the village of Stretton, concluding that scheme breached a number of local plan policies and was contrary to the neighbourhood plan…

  • Planning round-up 24 November 2016

    Published: Thursday, 24th November 2016

    Devolution developments. Affordable homes dip. ‘Pay to stay’ policy ditched. Call for national housing fund. Final green light for Cumbrian pipeline project. And more stories...

  • Majority of HS2 route confirmed

    Published: Thursday, 17th November 2016

    Government announces the preferred route for phase two of HS2 to the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester…

  • New £18m housing fund unveiled as more zones and a Kent garden town are named

    Published: Thursday, 17th November 2016

    Barwell announces funding to speed up house building on large sites and provide thousands of new homes in garden towns...

  • Hampshire homes blocked because of ‘gap’ conflict

    Published: Thursday, 17th November 2016

    Communities Secretary dismisses plans for up to 225 homes and a care home on a greenfield site in Hampshire due to environmental and social risks…

  • Starter homes key to green light for Wolverhampton development

    Published: Thursday, 17th November 2016

    City Council grants approval for the first phase of development at the former Royal Hospital in Wolverhampton with 146 new dwellings planned on the 12.5 acres of land…

  • Dorset local plan ‘paused’ over increased housing provision row

    Published: Thursday, 17th November 2016

    Purbeck District Council has put it's local plan review on hold whilst it evaluates concern over the implications of including an extra 3,080 new homes in the district...

  • Planning round-up 17 November 2016

    Published: Thursday, 17th November 2016

    New figures show scale of offices to residential activity. Success for Staffordshire housing scheme second time round. Video conferencing mooted for combined and joint committees. And more stories...

  • Ministers warned over latest reforms to pre-commencement conditions

    Published: Thursday, 10th November 2016

    The British Property Federation and the Planning Officers Society have advised that current legislative proposals set out in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill do not allow enough flexibility...

  • Campaign to Protect Rural England claims sufficient brownfield sites are available for over 1.1m new homes

    Published: Thursday, 10th November 2016

    New research incorporating data from the brownfield register, calculates that suitable brownfield sites can provide between 1.1 and 1.4 million new homes across England…

  • Government rejects call by peers for built environment specialist

    Published: Thursday, 10th November 2016

    The National Policy for the Built Environment Committee's recommendation for the creation of a Chief Built Environment Adviser has been refused by the government…

  • MoD identifies 91 surplus sites to sell for new housing

    Published: Thursday, 10th November 2016

    Defence secretary announces that more than 13,152-hectares of excess defence land are to be released to support the MOD’s target to provide enough land for 55,000 homes…

  • Cheshire homes schemes allowed on appeal despite neighbourhood plan conflicts

    Published: Thursday, 10th November 2016

    Communities Secretary allows two housing developments on appeal, concluding in both cases that the schemes demonstrated sustainable development…

  • Planning round-up 10 November 2016

    Published: Thursday, 10th November 2016

    Major housing scheme timelines. Enforcement boost in Northamptonshire. RTPI bangs drum over green belt and greenfield homes. Basement review. CBI urges more coherent housing strategy. And more stories

  • MPs urge radical overhaul of flood management in England

    Published: Thursday, 3rd November 2016

    In a report on future flood prevention the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee have recommended a new governance model to coordinate regional delivery of national flood management plans…

  • County councils warm to potential new local plan-making role

    Published: Thursday, 3rd November 2016

    Amendments made to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill will allow county councils ‘by invitation’ to prepare development plan documents where a district council was failing to do so…

  • Think-tank report calls for more ‘Metro Mayor’ housing powers

    Published: Thursday, 3rd November 2016

    IPPR North report highlights ‘Metro Mayors’ as best placed to tackle housing issues in their areas and argues for more control over planning and housing to be devolved to them…

  • Neighbourhood plan concerns help sink Hereford and Cheshire housing schemes

    Published: Thursday, 3rd November 2016

    Communities Secretary refuses a development in Bartestree for 100 homes and separately a 200 home scheme in Sandbach, both were in conflict with neighbourhood plans…

  • Heathrow decision faces turbulent take-off

    Published: Thursday, 3rd November 2016

    According to experts the government’s decision on Heathrow is likely to face a number of legal challenges as well as parliamentary scrutiny that could delay work starting until the late 2020s...

  • Planning round-up 3 November 2016

    Published: Thursday, 3rd November 2016

    Greater Manchester blueprint makes progress. NIC gathers momentum. Farm turbines allowed in Yorkshire and Cornwall, Herts solar farm blocked. HCA shake-up on the cards… And more stories...

  • Government promises new local plan reforms in Bill

    Published: Thursday, 27th October 2016

    Planning Minister tells MPs what he wants to achieve with amendments that are planned for the Neighbourhood Planning Bill as it is scrutinised in the Commons…

  • Ministers opt for third runway at Heathrow

    Published: Thursday, 27th October 2016

    Government expects Heathrow expansion to bring a major boost to the UK economy worth up to £61bn, however it faces the prospect of a series of legal challenges to its airport capacity decision…

  • Residents reject Derbyshire neighbourhood plan

    Published: Thursday, 27th October 2016

    Swanwick Neighbourhood Plan rejected by local residents, the first time a ‘no’ vote has been registered out of around 250 referendums on the new type of development plans…

  • Decision due for draft Greater Manchester spatial framework

    Published: Thursday, 27th October 2016

    Local authority leaders in Greater Manchester are scheduled to meet on 28 October to decide whether to approve the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework …

  • Khan outlines proposals for higher density capital

    Published: Thursday, 27th October 2016

    London Mayor outlines the capital’s development strategy in ‘A City for All Londoners’, highlighting higher density development in areas where new transport links are set to open…

  • Planning round-up 27 October 2016

    Published: Thursday, 27th October 2016

    National Grid proposes major undergrounding project for National Park. Latest Heritage at Risk Register published. Sheerness redevelopment project. Social housing sales figures. And more stories...

  • Infrastructure commission to be a permanent body as Wales proposes its own version

    Published: Thursday, 20th October 2016

    The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission is to be established as an executive agency of the Treasury in January 2017, with its own budget, freedom and authority…

  • Clash over forced pause for Bradford local plan

    Published: Thursday, 20th October 2016

    Bradford Council’s development plan has been put on hold after planning minister Gavin Barwell issued a temporary Holding Direction, following concerns raised about loss of green belt land…

  • Go-ahead for major Manchester tram network extension

    Published: Thursday, 20th October 2016

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has granted legal powers to further expand the Metrolink network with a new £350m tram line, running 5.5 kilometres through Trafford Park…

  • Javid refuses Warwickshire scheme over development plan clashes

    Published: Thursday, 20th October 2016

    A 90 home development on a four hectare site in Warwickshire has been refused outline planning permission by the Communities Secretary…

  • Report advocates planning changes to help construction sector

    Published: Thursday, 20th October 2016

    New report led by Mark Farmer, chief executive of Cast, recommends changes to the planning regime in order to support the construction industry…

  • Planning round-up 20 October 2016

    Published: Thursday, 20th October 2016

    Clean air zones consultation. More funding for garden villages. London tidal flood risks. Room size matters. City regions on the increase. Cheshire green belt home extension allowed. And more stories

  • Sajid backs expert group’s local plan reforms as new Bill makes waves

    Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

    During the commons debate on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, Sajid Javid tells MPs that he supports recommendations on the reform of local plans…

  • Fracking approval causes dissent

    Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

    Environmentalists and Lancashire residents angered by the government’s decision to allow proposals involving fracking, originally refused by the county council…

  • Industry leaders urge ministers to legislate National Infrastructure Commission

    Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

    Leaders in industry have written an open letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond calling for legislation to establish the National Infrastructure Commission as a statutory body…

  • Council recommends approval of Manchester development

    Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

    £1bn Trafford Waters mixed-use development recommended for approval by Trafford City Council planners…

  • Northern Powerhouse deciding more major schemes than the capital

    Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

    Fifth annual planning survey by the British Property Federation and GL Hearn finds that the Northern Powerhouse is delivering more major planning application decisions per capita than Greater London…

  • Planning round-up 13 October 2016

    Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

    New neighbourhood and park proposed for Leeds brewery site. Birmingham tram extension. Major North East England housing schemes. Liverpool projects. Scots back Heathrow. And more stories...

  • Javid promises housing White Paper with “significant” new planning measures by year end

    Published: Thursday, 6th October 2016

    Communities Secretary acknowledges the administration’s poor track record for delivering new homes and promises significant new measures to speed up the supply of new housing…

  • Chancellor Hammond stresses government backing for infrastructure body

    Published: Thursday, 6th October 2016

    Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference Hammond insists that the government is firmly behind the National Infrastructure Commission…

  • Regional planning formula in latest Welsh local government reform proposals

    Published: Thursday, 6th October 2016

    Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford proposes alternative method for Welsh authorities to achieve reforms by working together to deliver key services on a regional or sub-regional basis…

  • Ebbsfleet Garden City reports housing site short-fall

    Published: Thursday, 6th October 2016

    Implementation framework for Ebbsfleet Garden City identifies locations for 12,800 new dwellings, 2,200 short of the garden city’s proposed 15,000 new homes…

  • Buckinghamshire housing scheme blocked by Secretary of State

    Published: Thursday, 6th October 2016

    Communities Secretary agrees with inspector and refuses application for a 42-home scheme on 2.35-hectares of land in Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire…

  • Planning round-up 6 October 2016

    Published: Thursday, 6th October 2016

    Report on Welsh Permitted Development regime for non-domestic solar. Greater Manchester strategy hiccup. East of England planner drive. Teesside deal funding announced. And more stories...

  • South Oxfordshire blocks deal to meet Oxford’s unmet housing need

    Published: Thursday, 29th September 2016

    Oxfordshire Growth Board plans to address Oxford's unmet housing need are on hold after South Oxfordshire District Council refuses to accept the proposal…

  • Social media emerges as key area for planning consultations

    Published: Thursday, 29th September 2016

    New report highlights the growing importance of social media as a way for property developers to engage with the public as part of the consultancy process…

  • Proposals unveiled to widen transport scheme impact assessment

    Published: Thursday, 29th September 2016

    Department for Transport launches new consultation to gather input on proposed changes to the wider economic impacts guidance and priorities for further research…

  • Javid approves Bingley housing scheme despite heritage impacts

    Published: Thursday, 29th September 2016

    Communities Secretary grants outline planning permission on an appeal for a 440 home development on 16-hectares of land at Bingley near Bradford…

  • Mixed fortunes for developments in Devizes and Crewe

    Published: Thursday, 29th September 2016

    Javid refuses an appeal for a 350 home development on the north-east side of Devizes and approves a 300 home development on farmland at Wistaston, Crewe…

  • Planning round-up 29 September 2016

    Published: Thursday, 29th September 2016

    Merseyside moves. Thames Gateway remains a key growth area claims RTPI. Green light for Staffordshire quarry leisure project. Doncaster regeneration link approved. And more stories...

  • HBF claims government stats under-report housing completions

    Published: Thursday, 22nd September 2016

    Around 30,000 new builds are not counted in the official house building statistics according to a report from the Home Builders Federation…

  • Neighbourhood plans help block three different housing development appeals

    Published: Thursday, 22nd September 2016

    Communities Secretary highlights Neighbourhood Plans as a key factor in each of his decisions to dismiss schemes in East and West Sussex and near Bath…

  • London regeneration Compulsory Purchase Order blocked by Javid

    Published: Thursday, 22nd September 2016

    Communities Secretary refuses to approve the Compulsory Purchase Order proposed by Southwark Council required for the regeneration of the Aylesbury area…

  • Ombudsman pans Plymouth

    Published: Thursday, 22nd September 2016

    The Local Government Ombudsman reminds Plymouth City Council of its accountability role after the council fails to comply with their recommendations…

  • Planning minister ponders policy shifts

    Published: Thursday, 22nd September 2016

    In his first major speech as planning and housing minister Gavin Barwell suggests there will be a shift in government policy away from a singular focus on home ownership…

  • Planning round-up 22 September 2016

    Published: Thursday, 22nd September 2016

    Planning applications on the up. Rise in capital spend by planning departments. Liverpool housing boost. Small builders bemoan land shortages and planning barriers. And more stories...

  • North East devolution deal flounders

    Published: Thursday, 15th September 2016

    Javid confirms that the £30m-a-year devolution deal and regional mayor for the North East are “off the table” after the region’s local authorities fail to agree terms…

  • Infrastructure body urges clarity on its powers

    Published: Thursday, 15th September 2016

    The National Infrastructure Commission calls for MPs to clarify its position after the latest planning legislation omits provisions to put it on a statutory footing…

  • DCLG starts consultation on latest planning reforms

    Published: Thursday, 15th September 2016

    Government launches consultations on further changes to the neighbourhood planning regime and improving the use of planning conditions…

  • 390-home Norfolk scheme allowed by Javid

    Published: Thursday, 15th September 2016

    Communities secretary allows Wymondham development appeal, concluding that the adverse impacts did not outweigh the economic and social benefits of the scheme…

  • 550-dwelling Tewkesbury project dismissed

    Published: Thursday, 15th September 2016

    Javid dismisses proposals for 550 new homes at Ashchurch, concluding that the adverse effects on road safety and traffic flow made the scheme unsustainable…

  • Sheffield to trial flood resilience urban design strategy

    Published: Thursday, 15th September 2016

    Department for Environment and Rural Affairs to pilot flood defence strategy in Sheffield designed to “deliver, and be financed from the proceeds of, economic value for the local area”…

  • Planning round-up 15 September 2016

    Published: Thursday, 15th September 2016

    West Midlands land commission. Low carbon policies and Northern growth. Metropolitan green belt under threat? MoD and Network Rail sites to boost new homes. And more stories...

  • Think-tank says developers to blame for housing supply crisis

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Latest research claims councils have granted enough planning consents to meet the government’s target of building one million new homes by 2020 but developers are failing to build them...

  • Javid blocks Newmarket housing development

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Communities Secretary refuses outline permission for 400-home development at Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket...

  • Neighbourhood planning regime changes confirmed

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Consultation response reaffirms government intension to make it easier for residents and business to come together to produce a neighbourhood plan...

  • M4 upgrade approved

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Transport Secretary grants Development Consent Order to upgrade a 51 kilometre stretch of the M4 to a “smart motorway” despite part of the project lying within metropolitan green belt…

  • Builders warn new water charges could delay and curb new housing

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Home Builders Federation complain that Ofwat’s proposed charging regime changes for new water and sewerage connections will cause huge increases in costs for developers…

  • Planning round-up 8 September 2016

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Neighbourhood Planning Bill published. Parliament says health should be a ‘material consideration’ for planning proposals. Moorland transformation. New Welsh flood advice. And more stories...

  • English housing completions rise by six per cent

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    The latest house building data shows that 139,030 new homes were completed in the year to June 2016, although housing delivery remains short of the rate needed to meet the government’s target…

  • Javid rejects two major Essex developments offering 1,500 new homes

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    Communities Secretary agrees with inspector’s recommendations and dismisses two appeals for large developments in Essex, concluding that neither proposal amounted to sustainable development…

  • Green light for Humber River gas project

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    £150m gas pipeline underneath the River Humber granted development consent by the Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark…

  • Oxfordshire housing scheme allowed by SoS

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    260 home development on the edge of the Oxfordshire town of Witney has been allowed on appeal after it was originally refused because of safety concerns…

  • Wantage neighbourhood plan stalls as report says poorer areas are missing out

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    Planning inspector concludes that the Wantage Neighbourhood Plan failed to promote sustainable development and suffered from “extensive protectionist policies”…

  • Planning round-up 1 September 2016

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    Fund for new rail stations. Proposed Cardiff University development criticised by conservation body. Local plan moves in St Albans and Winchester. Greater Manchester projects. And more stories...

  • Wandsworth calls time on pub permitted development rights

    Published: Thursday, 25th August 2016

    London council uses Article 4 Directions to remove permitted development rights from 120 of the boroughs most popular bars and taverns…

  • RTPI urges housing yardstick for national infrastructure assessment

    Published: Thursday, 25th August 2016

    RTPI responds to the National Infrastructure Commission’s consultation calling for infrastructure to be used to help solve the housing crisis and tackle climate change...

  • Route options announced for Trans-­Pennine tunnel

    Published: Thursday, 25th August 2016

    Department for Transport shortlists five routes for the proposed new Trans­-Pennine tunnel, which it describes as the most ambitious road scheme undertaken in the UK for more than 50 years...

  • Khan reverses Johnson’s intervention over Wimbledon stadium scheme

    Published: Thursday, 25th August 2016

    Sadiq Khan returns Plough Lane stadium decision to Merton Council, plans include a new 20,000-­seat stadium, 602 homes and a fitness club...

  • Campaign to Protect Rural England calls for planning changes to boost small­-scale farming

    Published: Thursday, 25th August 2016

    Report calls for the government to encourage more new farmers and new small­-farms to kick-start a post-­Brexit agricultural revolution…

  • Planning round-up 25 August 2016

    Published: Thursday, 25th August 2016

    HS2 safeguarding announcement. Liverpool local plan progress. Council approves Wigan colliery site redevelopment. Kent shopping centre regeneration. Birmingham city developments. And more stories...

  • RTPI report says constant policy reforms are undermining the planning system

    Published: Thursday, 18th August 2016

    Deep budget cuts and continual changes in planning policy have stripped public sector planners of the powers and resources to perform leadership and coordinating roles, according to report…

  • Javid blocks new neighbourhood for Aylesbury

    Published: Thursday, 18th August 2016

    1,500 home Aylesbury development appeal dismissed because of the schemes adverse impacts to the character and appearance of the landscape and the loss of distinct village identity…

  • Javid allows appeal over Northampton urban extension

    Published: Thursday, 18th August 2016

    1,000 home Northampton South Sustainable Urban Extension is granted outline planning permission on appeal despite concerns over noise and the impact on heritage assets…

  • SoS backs Cheshire planning authority over refusal for Nantwich housing

    Published: Thursday, 18th August 2016

    Communities Secretary agrees with Cheshire East Council and dismisses the appeal for a 189 home greenfield development in Nantwich…

  • Development consent for world’s largest offshore wind farm

    Published: Thursday, 18th August 2016

    300 turbine Hornsea Project Two scheme is granted development consent by the Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark…

  • Planning round-up 18 August 2016

    Published: Thursday, 18th August 2016

    Treasury claims EU funding will be honoured. 2,750-home Horsham scheme makes waves. Business Secretary Clark stresses role of ‘place’ in industrial strategy. And more stories...

  • Households in line for direct shale gas development proceeds

    Published: Thursday, 11th August 2016

    PM amends Shale Wealth Fund proposals to include an option for the transfer of funds directly to households…

  • IPPR urges priority for northern transport infrastructure over HS2 and Crossrail 2

    Published: Thursday, 11th August 2016

    Think tank urges the Transport Secretary to adopt pro-business “North First” agenda to boost UK-wide growth…

  • School allowed in green belt near Maidenhead

    Published: Thursday, 11th August 2016

    Communities Secretary approves proposals for a green belt development, concluding that the scheme meets the “very special circumstances” needed to justify the construction...

  • Major Banbury housing development backed

    Published: Thursday, 11th August 2016

    Cherwell District Council planning committee recommend approval for a proposed 1,000 home development in Banbury...

  • Green light for housing and school near RAF Lakenheath

    Published: Thursday, 11th August 2016

    Plans for a 375 home development including land for a new primary school near RAF Lakenheath have been approved despite flight path noise concerns…

  • Planning round-up 11 August 2016

    Published: Thursday, 11th August 2016

    Javid rejects solar farm contrary to inspector’s advice. LSE report urges strategic housing for green belt . 40-home scheme allowed despite conflict with Sussex neighbourhood plan. And more stories...

  • Take-off for expanded London City Airport

    Published: Thursday, 4th August 2016

    Approval granted for £344m London City Airport expansion scheme including the creation of seven new aircraft stands and a new taxiway…

  • Lincolnshire Lakes development makes waves

    Published: Thursday, 4th August 2016

    The second phase of the £1.3bn Lincolnshire Lakes regeneration scheme has been approved by North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee…

  • Cheshire council backs green belt school campus proposals

    Published: Thursday, 4th August 2016

    Planning committee deems that the Macclesfield’s Kings School development meets the “very special circumstances” required for development on the green belt…

  • £250m Woking estate revamp backed

    Published: Thursday, 4th August 2016

    The first phase of the Sheerwater estate regeneration scheme has been given approval by Woking Borough Council’s planning committee…

  • UK’s biggest sustainable urban drainage system proposed for capital location

    Published: Thursday, 4th August 2016

    £17m sustainable urban drainage project, designed to capture rainwater and channel it into the river Thames, has been proposed for the Nine Elms South Bank regeneration area…

  • Planning round-up 4 August 2016

    Published: Thursday, 4th August 2016

    Welsh power line project. North west National Parks extend. New Welsh regime for major development kicks-in. Northern Enterprise Zone progress. Welwyn Garden City new homes. And more stories...

  • Planning Inspectorate insists appeal delays have been sorted

    Published: Thursday, 28th July 2016

    The agency’s latest annual report acknowledges that in several areas of the planning appeals service the organisation fell short of meeting its targets…

  • Minister urged to clarify government intentions over local plans

    Published: Thursday, 28th July 2016

    MPs call on the planning minister to set out how the new administration proposes to reform the legislative and local plan making process…

  • North East rail strategy backed by combined authority

    Published: Thursday, 28th July 2016

    £1bn Metro and local rail services investment strategy designed to put whole towns and communities back on the national railway map has been agreed by the North East Combined Authority…

  • Retirement housing shortage quantified

    Published: Thursday, 28th July 2016

    New report shows an increasing gap in the supply of retirement housing with an estimated shortage of 376,000 housing units by 2050…

  • Watchdog urges more action over Durham cowshed cause célèbre

    Published: Thursday, 28th July 2016

    Further report issued by the Local Government Ombudsman on Durham cowshed planning complaint and the subsequent recommendations…

  • Planning round-up 28 July 2016

    Published: Thursday, 28th July 2016

    Makeover for UK’s first pedestrianised precinct. Development Consent Order granted for Potash project’s harbour facilities. Retail activity dips. Devolution housing deals assessment. And more stories.

  • New Communities Secretary and planning minister announced

    Published: Thursday, 21st July 2016

    Sajid Javid replaces Clark as Communities Secretary and Gavin Barwell takes over from Lewis as planning and housing minister in the new Cabinet and ministerial team…

  • Latest updated housing projection estimates published

    Published: Thursday, 21st July 2016

    Updated 2014-based sub-national household projections published by the Office for National Statistics and the Department for Communities and Local Government…

  • Watchdog bangs drum for green belt policy consistency

    Published: Thursday, 21st July 2016

    Local Government Ombudsman calls for green belt policies to be applied correctly and consistently by planning authorities…

  • National Audit Office queries public sector land disposal progress

    Published: Thursday, 21st July 2016

    Report finds that the Department for Communities and Local Government has, at most, achieved eight per cent of its overall commitment to dispose of enough public sector land for 160,000 homes by 2020.

  • Colnbrook green belt freight interchange project refused

    Published: Thursday, 21st July 2016

    Former Communities Secretary Greg Clark dismisses appeal for a proposed road and rail freight interchange on metropolitan green belt land north of the A4 Colnbrook bypass…

  • Planning round-up 21 July 2016

    Published: Thursday, 21st July 2016

    Liverpool snubs UNESCO request over World Heritage site. Park homes boost? Peers criticise government housing policy . Maidenhead moves to boost housing. And more stories...

  • Garden village scheme mooted for Hertfordshire rail freight interchange site

    Published: Thursday, 14th July 2016

    County council would prefer to see the area retain green belt status, but is prepared to consider alternatives as it may be forced to sell the land...

  • Guildford station redevelopment thrown out for being too "monolithic"

    Published: Thursday, 14th July 2016

    Council rules that the scale of the proposals would be "detrimental to the setting", as residents flag concerns over its affordable housing provision…

  • Committee on Climate Change highlights the risks of global warming

    Published: Thursday, 14th July 2016

    New report details the evidence of the most urgent risks facing the UK, and suggests priorities for the next five years…

  • Key changes to South Yorkshire HS2 route and station proposals

    Published: Thursday, 14th July 2016

    New options in latest report may be cheaper, cut journey times, and avoid the complexities of the previous route…

  • Clark dismisses Cheshire homes scheme against advice of inspector

    Published: Thursday, 14th July 2016

    Recommended conditions were variously "unreasonable", "difficult to enforce" or "not strictly relevant to planning policy"…

  • Planning round-up 14 July 2016

    Published: Thursday, 14th July 2016

    Neighbourhood planning moves / Funding for sustainable travel schemes announced / Kent lorry park plan / MPs to probe house-building capacity / Call for council-house renaissance / And more stories...

  • Clark rejects out-of-centre Exeter district retail scheme

    Published: Thursday, 7th July 2016

    Plans for the 17,000 square metre Moor Exchange development have been refused by the Secretary of State, largely because of its impact on Exeter’s city centre...

  • Manchester skyscraper scheme approved

    Published: Thursday, 7th July 2016

    City council planners have given the green light for the Owen Street development in Manchester which includes a 200 metre tower that is set to become the tallest building outside of London...

  • Rise in new home approvals in neighbourhood plan areas

    Published: Thursday, 7th July 2016

    New report highlights that Clark has approved 2,530 new homes in neighbourhood plan areas using his recovery powers, 2,214 more than his predecessor…

  • Residential development allowed in Hertfordshire green belt

    Published: Thursday, 7th July 2016

    Clark approves proposals for 129 houses at Bricket Wood, originally refused by St Albans City and District Council…

  • Revamp for Welsh planning law mooted

    Published: Thursday, 7th July 2016

    Law Commission launches consultation on Welsh planning law in a bid to create clearer, simpler and more modern law…

  • Planning round-up 7 July 2016

    Published: Thursday, 7th July 2016

    Milton Keynes 2050 vision. Lincolnshire Lakes development mooted as a ‘Garden City’. Latest stats on home approvals. Local plan round-up. RTPI bursary initiative. And more stories...

  • Brexit won’t mean bonfire of EU green regulations insist lawyers

    Published: Thursday, 30th June 2016

    Lawyers and ecologists say that EU directives and European-derived regulations that relate to wildlife protection and air quality limits are likely to remain in place despite the referendum outcome…

  • Spending watchdog warns HS2 regeneration benefits at risk

    Published: Thursday, 30th June 2016

    The HS2 high-speed rail project has an unrealistic timetable and is facing increased cost and schedule pressures, according to National Audit Office report…

  • Worcester blocks edge-of-centre retail development anchored by High Street giants

    Published: Thursday, 30th June 2016

    21-hectare Worcester Woods development refused on the basis that it would have a significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of retailers in Worcester City Centre…

  • RTPI president says planning reforms haven’t delivered better growth

    Published: Thursday, 30th June 2016

    Williams urges the government to take a fundamentally different approach to the role of planning, “one that recognises, supports and invests in the benefits that planning can deliver”…

  • North Northamptonshire joint development plan passes muster

    Published: Thursday, 30th June 2016

    Inspector’s report published concluding that, subject to modifications, the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit’s Joint Core Strategy is “sound”…

  • Planning round-up 30 June 2016

    Published: Thursday, 30th June 2016

    Wolverhampton tram expansion. Ashford redevelopment approved. London round-up. Bradford consents homes in flood-risk area. Clark blows away single turbine near M1. And more stories...

  • Ministers publish new garden settlement prospectus

    Published: Thursday, 23rd June 2016

    Further guidance published for the government's Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities scheme stressing the importance of community support for proposals…

  • Great North Plan mooted by RTPI and IPPR North

    Published: Thursday, 23rd June 2016

    Great North Plan blueprint seeks to turn the concept of a Northern Powerhouse into a reality by focusing on key industries and themes…

  • New-look York local plan makes waves

    Published: Thursday, 23rd June 2016

    York’s emerging local plan continues to make progress with councillors set to approve a new preferred sites document…

  • Clark blocks Cambridgeshire solar farm projects

    Published: Thursday, 23rd June 2016

    Two solar farm developments for the same site are refused on appeal, in both cases Clark concluded the solar farms would represent inappropriate development in a green belt location…

  • Revised Buckinghamshire local plan proposes garden town and a new settlement

    Published: Thursday, 23rd June 2016

    Draft Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan to be considered by full council before going out for public consultation…

  • Planning round-up 23 June 2016

    Published: Thursday, 23rd June 2016

    Latest quarterly planning application figures. Inquiry into M4 extension around Newport announced. Builders warn of capacity constraints to meet new homes targets. And more stories...

  • Clark blocks Ipswich affordable homes scheme over ‘inclusivity’ issues

    Published: Thursday, 16th June 2016

    Communities Secretary refuses Ravenswood development on the basis that it conflicts with national policy “to create inclusive and mixed communities”…

  • MPs criticise government’s flooding strategy

    Published: Thursday, 16th June 2016

    Environment audit committee report urges the government to take a more proactive approach to managing flood risk…

  • Ministers insist new bill won’t curtail archaeological activity

    Published: Thursday, 16th June 2016

    Petition sparked by fears that the neighbourhood planning and infrastructure bill will curtail the use of planning conditions requiring archaeological surveys…

  • Future of Welsh planning outlined by minister

    Published: Thursday, 16th June 2016

    Speaking at the RTPI Cymru, Welsh planning minister Lesley Griffiths set out her vision for the Welsh planning system…

  • Liverpool unveils ambitious life and medical sciences campus project

    Published: Thursday, 16th June 2016

    Liverpool mayor announces flagship development scheme that could create up to 10,000 jobs…

  • Planning round-up 16 June 2016

    Published: Thursday, 16th June 2016

    Dark skies. Leeds housing allowed on appeal. Report calls for older person priorities in local plans. Oxfordshire and Kent local plan developments. Wolverhampton station development. And more stories.

  • New research questions local plan housing supply claims

    Published: Thursday, 9th June 2016

    Indigo Planning report casts doubt on the ability of councils to meet housing supply targets…

  • Ombudsman probe reveals huge Hackney enforcement backlog

    Published: Thursday, 9th June 2016

    Local Government Ombudsman investigation concludes that planning authorities must keep track of enforcement action and follow through when promising to act…

  • Oxford publishes report which 'justifies' green belt urban extensions

    Published: Thursday, 9th June 2016

    Council report calls for a review of Oxford’s green belt inner boundaries to allow strategic housing allocations…

  • MPs cry foul over withdrawal of contaminated land grants

    Published: Thursday, 9th June 2016

    Soil Health report argues that without funding councils are less able and less likely to proactively investigate potential contamination…

  • Clark allows housing appeals in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire

    Published: Thursday, 9th June 2016

    Two separate housing schemes totalling over 400 dwellings allowed on appeal by the Secretary of State…

  • Planning round-up 9 June

    Published: Thursday, 9th June 2016

    Salford Quays set to double up. Teesside regeneration report. Pig farmers pan planning. Go-ahead for Nottinghamshire waste gasification facility. And more stories...

  • Birmingham plan ‘paused’ over green belt issues

    Published: Thursday, 2nd June 2016

    Government uses new powers under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to put Birmingham Development Plan on hold…

  • Council ‘fury’ over Stockton housing scheme U-turn

    Published: Thursday, 2nd June 2016

    Outline proposals for a 550 home development at Ingleby Barwick allowed after government reconsideration of appeal decision…

  • Latest population projections published

    Published: Thursday, 2nd June 2016

    The Office for National Statistics latest population projections indicate a larger and increasingly ageing UK population…

  • Green light for new settlement at Stratford-on-Avon

    Published: Thursday, 2nd June 2016

    Outline planning permission granted for 140-hectare development in Warwickshire, the largest scheme ever considered by the council…

  • Go-ahead for major Warrington developments

    Published: Thursday, 2nd June 2016

    Warrington Borough Council’s planning committee approves the next stage of development for the Omega South project…

  • Planning round-up 2 June 2016

    Published: Thursday, 2nd June 2016

    New Homes Bonus allocations. National Infrastructure Assessment. Scottish planning review. Housing completions. Manchester housing schemes. Green energy project determinations. And more stories...

  • Yorkshire fracking permission makes waves

    Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

    North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee votes in favour of exploratory fracking scheme…

  • Mortgage Lenders urge starter home caution

    Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

    Starter Homes initiative risks destabilising the housing market, warns the Council of Mortgage Lenders…

  • Transport Secretary backs Birmingham tram extension scheme despite heritage concerns

    Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin goes against recommendation of a planning inspector and renews compulsory purchase powers for Centro…

  • Clark blocks green belt solar farms in Worcestershire and Essex

    Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

    Communities Secretary dismisses appeals for two solar farms as neither demonstrated the very special circumstances needed to justify development in the green belt...

  • Green regulator voices concern over M4 project

    Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

    Natural Resources Wales voices environmental concerns over the proposed £1bn M4 corridor project around Newport...

  • Planning round-up 26 May 2016

    Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

    RPTI Cymru welcomes new Welsh Cabinet Secretary appointment. Housing ‘Pink Zones’ urged. Salford’s green space plea. Clark allows single wind turbine appeal. And more stories...

  • Queen’s Speech promises a neighbourhood planning and infrastructure bill

    Published: Friday, 20th May 2016

    21 new bills announced to help simplify planning rules and support the government’s ambition to deliver one million new homes…

  • Starter home delivery doubt as Housing and Planning Bill enacted

    Published: Friday, 20th May 2016

    Developers cast doubt on government’s target of building 200,000 ‘starter homes’ by 2020…

  • Councils defend their challenge to policy on developer contributions after latest court ruling

    Published: Friday, 20th May 2016

    West Berkshire Council and Reading Borough Council unrepentant after Appeal Court judgement overturns High Court ruling…

  • Leeds trolley-bus project proves a switch-off

    Published: Friday, 20th May 2016

    Transport Secretary refuses controversial proposals for a trolley-bus project as part of the £250m Leeds New Generation Transport Scheme...

  • Majority of councils say NPPF viability test hinders affordable homes provision

    Published: Friday, 20th May 2016

    New report shows only seven per cent of councils believe that the government’s starter homes initiative would help address their affordable housing need...

  • Planning round-up 20 May 2016

    Published: Friday, 20th May 2016

    A14 upgrade consented. Legislation changes big onshore wind farm planning regime. Developers pledge to boost home delivery. And more stories...

  • Parliamentary deadlock over housing and planning bill nearly over

    Published: Thursday, 12th May 2016

    Housing and planning bill nears completion of its legislative journey. Update: The Lords did not insist on its final proposed amendment, Royal Assent is scheduled for today (12 May)...

  • Experts critique housing need assessment proposals

    Published: Thursday, 12th May 2016

    Report offers alternative method to measuring housing need…

  • Clark blocks major housing schemes in Gloucestershire and Cheshire

    Published: Thursday, 12th May 2016

    Clark agrees with the inspectors’ recommendations and refuses both of the residential schemes…

  • Proposal for 2,800 new homes on Green Belt near Redditch

    Published: Thursday, 12th May 2016

    Green Belt residential development plans submitted for 136-hectare site…

  • Stonehenge tunnel gets guarded UNESCO approval

    Published: Thursday, 12th May 2016

    UNESCO report backs the concept of a tunnel under the World Heritage Site…

  • Planning round-up 12 May 2016

    Published: Thursday, 12th May 2016

    Judicial review for ground-breaking Cornish neighbourhood plan. Wrangle over Greater Manchester spatial strategy. Folkestone garden town mooted. Land Registry consultation. And more stories...

  • New £1bn funding package for housing launched

    Published: Thursday, 5th May 2016

    New Communities Partnership unveiled, while new report finds that 6 per cent of land in England and Wales is in public ownership…

  • Housing and planning bill caught in parliamentary cross-fire

    Published: Thursday, 5th May 2016

    Houses ‘ping pong’ amendments as Public Accounts Committee highlights continuing uncertainty over Right to Buy policy extension…

  • Latest figures show housing permissions on the rise

    Published: Thursday, 5th May 2016

    Housing Pipeline report identifies increase in number of private housing units approved as main driver…

  • Garden village mooted for abandoned Yorkshire golf course

    Published: Thursday, 5th May 2016

    New owners plan to develop a sustainable community with “over 1,000” new homes…

  • £300m Belfast regeneration project hits the buffers

    Published: Thursday, 5th May 2016

    Department for Social Development withdraws support for previously selected scheme but remains committed to regenerating the area…

  • Planning round-up - 5 May 2016

    Published: Thursday, 5th May 2016

    MPs urge airport expansion clarity - Call for action on air pollution - RTPI releases ethics advice - Network Rail creates new property company - And more stories…

  • Peers inflict more changes to housing and planning bill

    Published: Thursday, 28th April 2016

    The housing and planning bill is facing the prospect of prolonged parliamentary cross-fire as peers pushed through further amendments resisted by ministers during report stage in the Lords.

  • CPRE reports that Green Belt development is on the up

    Published: Thursday, 28th April 2016

    Latest research from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has identified that 275,000 houses are now planned for England’s Green Belt.

  • Birmingham development plan makes the grade

    Published: Thursday, 28th April 2016

    The Birmingham Development Plan (BDP), the council’s long-term strategic plan for the whole city, has been endorsed by the government planning inspectorate.

  • Key Appeal Court ruling on Green Belt appropriate development

    Published: Thursday, 28th April 2016

    The Court of Appeal has delivered a key ruling on the meaning of “inappropriate development” in the Green Belt.

  • Chichester housing scheme torpedoed by neighbourhood plan issues

    Published: Thursday, 28th April 2016

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has dismissed an appeal by developer Sunley Estates over a 120-home development at Hambrook, Chichester partly because of its impact on an emerging neighbourhood plan.

  • Planning round-up 28 April 2016

    Published: Thursday, 28th April 2016

    PAS grant cut by cash-strapped DCLG. Social housing funding boost. Rushden Lakes new development. Ipswich core strategy review makes progress. And more stories...

  • Majority of MPs back planning fee increases

    Published: Thursday, 21st April 2016

    The majority of MPs believe that fees for planning applications should increase, according to the results of a poll just published.

  • More bill amendment defeats for the government

    Published: Thursday, 21st April 2016

    The government has suffered more defeats in the Lords during the report stage of its flagship housing and planning bill where peers have amended the pay to stay provisions significantly.

  • Ministers respond to National Infrastructure Commission reports

    Published: Thursday, 21st April 2016

    The government has responded to the three National Infrastructure Commission reports published in March just before the Budget.

  • West Midlands rail freight interchange project unveiled

    Published: Thursday, 21st April 2016

    A consortium has unveiled proposals for a major rail freight interchange in the West Midlands which it claims will boost the regional economy and could create between 6,500 and 8,500 jobs.

  • Wrexham town centre master plan approved

    Published: Thursday, 21st April 2016

    A master plan for Wrexham town centre has been adopted by the local planning authority and will form a key element of the county borough council’s emerging local development plan.

  • Planning round-up 21 April 2016

    Published: Thursday, 21st April 2016

    Private housing activity slows over last quarter. DCO for carbon capture power plant refused. New powers for councils to scrap unwanted road signs. And more stories...

  • Peers overturn 20 per cent starter home requirement

    Published: Thursday, 14th April 2016

    The government’s starter homes policy suffered serious setbacks in the Lords this week as peers voted through amendments to the housing and planning bill designed to safeguard affordable housing.

  • Development viability challenge provision to end this month

    Published: Thursday, 14th April 2016

    Ministers have decided not to extend sections 106BA, 106BB and 106BC of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. These sections will therefore be repealed at the end of 30 April 2016.

  • Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners report identifies 21 councils at risk of intervention due to slow local plan progress

    Published: Thursday, 14th April 2016

    Planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners latest annual assessment of local plans has identified the 21 planning authorities most at risk of government intervention.

  • Ministers claim rail station developments could yield 10,000 new homes

    Published: Thursday, 14th April 2016

    Ministers insisted this week that a massive programme of development of railway stations and surrounding land could deliver thousands of new homes and jobs and significantly boost local growth.

  • 6,000-home garden village proposal submitted for Bedford

    Published: Thursday, 14th April 2016

    Proposals for a 6,000-home “garden village” on land to the north of Bedford have surfaced in response to the borough council’s development plan review.

  • Planning round-up 14 April 2016

    Published: Thursday, 14th April 2016

    Green light for 1950s town in Co Durham open air museum. Basingtoke and Deane and Guildford local plans make waves. Quartermain communication. Greater Manchester CIL proposal. And more stories...

  • MPs call for National Planning Policy Framework review

    Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

    MPs have called on the government to carry-out a comprehensive review of national planning policy before the end of this parliament.

  • Clarks approves urban extension in Gloucestershire green belt

    Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has approved outline proposals for a major urban extension in Gloucestershire green belt.

  • Cornish neighbourhood plan declares war on second homes

    Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

    Residents of the picturesque fishing port of St Ives in Cornwall vote next month (5 May) on their neighbourhood plan.

  • Bognor Regis revamp re-think after current scheme rejected

    Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

    The consortium behind a proposed £80m revamp of the seafront at Bognor Regis have said they will submit a revised application designed to meet the objections to the scheme.

  • Local plans for Durham and Maldon get back on track

    Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

    Durham County Council cabinet members were asked this week to agree the way forward for the County Durham Plan, currently in limbo.

  • Planning round-up 7 April 2016

    Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

    Gauging sustainability. Land use change stats. More marine plans. Civitas bangs drum for public housing drive. Welsh moratorium on underground coal gasification. And more stories...

  • DCLG consults on key elements of starter home regime

    Published: Thursday, 31st March 2016

    The Department for Communities and Local Government has published its much anticipated consultation paper on the planning regime for its ‘Starter Homes’ initiative.

  • Ministers call for “embedded” cultural strategies in development plans

    Published: Thursday, 31st March 2016

    Cultural strategies should be embedded in local authorities’ plans and policies, according to the government’s first Culture White Paper.

  • Spending watchdog voices concern over LEP accountability

    Published: Thursday, 31st March 2016

    The National Audit Office has voiced concern over the transparency of Local Enterprise Partnerships and the approach used by the Department for Communities and Local Government over their governance.

  • Housing and planning bill sees off opposition in the Lords

    Published: Thursday, 31st March 2016

    The Government’s flagship Houisng and planning bill has completed its detailed scrutiny in committee by the Lords and is now waiting for its report stage in the Upper Chamber.

  • UK infrastructure delivery plan unveiled

    Published: Thursday, 31st March 2016

    Last week the government’s newly established Infrastructure and Projects Authority published the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Delivery Plan (NIDP).

  • Planning round-up 31 March 2016

    Published: Thursday, 31st March 2016

    On yer bike? Brand-new Welsh heritage law comes of age. Commons green light for HS2 bill. RTPI urges monitoring of locations of new homes. More MoD land releases. And more stories...

  • Peers wrestle with five-year PiPs late into the night

    Published: Thursday, 24th March 2016

    Ministers confirmed this week that they are considering setting a five-year time limit on permissions in principle (PiPs).

  • Five-week consultation announced on local plan reforms

    Published: Thursday, 24th March 2016

    The government has announced it will consult on the recommendations in the report of the Local Plans Expert Group until 27 April.

  • Changes to phone mast planning regime due to kick-in soon

    Published: Thursday, 24th March 2016

    Ministers have confirmed plans to provide greater flexibility over the deployment of mobile phone infrastructure by modifying the existing planning regime.

  • Post-Budget round-up

    Published: Thursday, 24th March 2016

    Following last week’s Budget announcements, the Department for Communities and Local Government, has launched a number of key initiatives.

  • Sargeant counsels planners about being too swayed by energy project amenity issues

    Published: Thursday, 24th March 2016

    The Welsh planning minister has written to all chief planning officers highlighting the importance of not being too swayed by amenity issues when considering renewable and low carbon energy schemes.

  • Planning round-up 24 March 2016

    Published: Thursday, 24th March 2016

    Scottish rail prospects. Deprivation counts. Brownfield best says CPRE report. Growth deal funding. Tunbridge Wells town centre revamp. Clark unmoved by Staffordshire turbine project. And more stories

  • Budget displays a garden settlement prospect

    Published: Thursday, 17th March 2016

    Wednesday’s Budget announcements confirmed the government’s appetite for a new wave of garden settlements.

  • Osborne backs Crossrail 2 and HS3 for the North

    Published: Thursday, 17th March 2016

    Chancellor George Osborne this week committed £300m to kick-start work on major transport schemes in the capital and the North.

  • Clark backs Maldon over local plan wrangle

    Published: Thursday, 17th March 2016

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has sided with Maldon District Council which last year took issue with the planning inspector examining its local plan.

  • Cardiff City Region deal cemented

    Published: Thursday, 17th March 2016

    Wales’ first City Deal, aimed at boosting the economic competitiveness of the so-called Cardiff City Region (CCR) was confirmed this week.

  • Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan ruled unlawful

    Published: Thursday, 17th March 2016

    Plan-making and decisions on major schemes across much of Northern Ireland are now in difficulties following a High Court judge’s ruling over the status of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP).

  • Planning round-up 17 March 2016

    Published: Thursday, 17th March 2016

    PD changes. Sluggish utility companies restricting housing growth. Capital developments. Clark blocks West Sussex homes scheme. Guidance on caravan and houseboat dwellers. And more stories...

  • Radical devolution deal for London mooted to tackle housing crisis

    Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

    The commission set up by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) to consider how to solve the capital’s housing crisis has recommended a radical package of measures.

  • Legal challenge rips up Buckinghamshire neighbourhood plan

    Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

    Aylesbury Vale District Council announced on Monday (7 March) it will no longer contest the legal challenge made by developers, Lightwood Strategic Ltd, over the Haddenham Neighbourhood Plan.

  • Peers crank up the ante on starter homes as bill grinds through the Lords

    Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

    The government was warned this week that starter homes in London would be inaccessible to between 70 and 80 per cent of private renters.

  • Clark dismisses Maidstone homes appeal but allows Hertfordshire residential schemes

    Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

    Mixed fortunes for two significant housing schemes, both the subject of recovered planning appeals determined by Communities secretary Greg Clark recently.

  • Transport experts claim airport expansion green issues can be solved

    Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

    Concerns over noise and local air quality which pose a major question mark over the expansion of airport capacity in south east England are significant but not insurmountable issues.

  • Planning round-up 10 March 2016

    Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

    Latest housing stats. New planning regime for key Welsh infrastructure schemes. Community assets progress. NIC bangs drum for smart power. Go-ahead for Manchester airport expansion. And more stories..

  • Peers take aim at starter homes policy as bill is scrutinised

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    Peers from across the political spectrum queued up to voice concern over the government’s policy on starter homes this week during detailed discussion on the Housing and Planning Bill.

  • New towns take on health issues

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    The head of NHS England this week named 10 new settlements which will be test-beds for so-called ‘healthy new towns’.

  • HCA successfully appeals refusal of Northampton urban extension

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has successfully appealed refusal of its outline application for a 1,000-home sustainable urban extension.

  • MPs call for HS2 changes

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    The Commons Select Committee considering the hybrid bill for the HS2 project has completed its work having notched up 160 days of sittings over nearly two years and dealt with nearly 1,600 petitions.

  • Report warns of Northern city economic slippage

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    A new Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) study has highlighted that 10 of the UK’s top 12 struggling cities are based in the North and risk being left behind by the attempts to boost economic growth.

  • Planning round-up 3 March 2016

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    Housing starts and completions on the up. Council concern over starter homes policy. CBI wish-list for infrastructure. Oxfordshire carve-up proposed as part of devolution deal. And more stories...

  • DCLG consults on new fees and ‘fast track’ applications

    Published: Thursday, 25th February 2016

    Councils will be able to compete to process planning applications and offer ‘fast track’ application services, under proposals for a series of pilots now out for consulation.

  • Ministers unveil detail of planning reforms and ‘financial benefits’ reporting

    Published: Thursday, 25th February 2016

    Ministers confirmed last week that the new requirement to set out the financial benefits of planning applications would be drawn widely.

  • Clark waves through contested free school projects in Buckinghamshire and Devon

    Published: Thursday, 25th February 2016

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has allowed two free school projects, both for academies, against the recommendations of the inspectors who held the recovered inquiries.

  • Lords issue critical report on government housing policies

    Published: Thursday, 25th February 2016

    Peers have added their voice to those criticising current government policies as unlikely to meet demand for either the quantity or quality of new homes needed.

  • Planning round-up 25 February

    Published: Thursday, 25th February 2016

    Liverpool needs link to HS2 says report. Green light for Goole employment and distribution hub. Major Welsh wind farm withdrawn by developer. Housing statistics published. And more stories...

  • Watchdog urges greater clarity over reasons for planning decisions

    Published: Thursday, 18th February 2016

    The Local Government Ombudsman has insisted that planning committees should record the reasons for their decisions clearly, particularly when their result conflicts with officers’ recommendations

  • Top property consultancy questions whether government policies will increase housing supply

    Published: Thursday, 18th February 2016

    Current government policies designed to increase housing supply may not achieve that goal, top property consultancy Savills has warned.

  • Rural planning review launched

    Published: Thursday, 18th February 2016

    Ministers have launched a rural planning review to reduce regulatory burdens in support of new homes, jobs and innovation.

  • Key milestone for infrastructure planning regime: 50th project determined

    Published: Thursday, 18th February 2016

    The planning regime for so-called Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) has reached a key milestone with development consent for a power plant in King’s Lynn.

  • Consultation starts on Lincolnshire housing-led LDO

    Published: Thursday, 18th February 2016

    West Lindsey District Council has begun consulting on a housing-led Local Development Order for an area alongside the River Trent at Gainsborough.

  • Clark waves through 605 homes scheme in Leicestershire

    Published: Thursday, 18th February 2016

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has agreed with the recommendation of the inspector who held the recovered inquiry and allowed outline proposals for a development at Money Hill, Leicestershire.

  • 120-home development in West Sussex blocked by the Secretary of State

    Published: Thursday, 18th February 2016

    Outline plans for a village extension involving 120 new homes at Sayers Common in West Sussex originally refused by Mid-Sussex District Council have been rejected by Clark.

  • Planning round-up 18 February

    Published: Thursday, 18th February 2016

    Rotherham resumes planning role. Green light for Nottinghamshire business park. HCA review. Midlands stalled homes scheme fund. Boost for ‘pocket parks’. And more stories...

  • PAS publishes guidance on housing-led LDOs

    Published: Thursday, 11th February 2016

    Feasibility studies, viability assessments and project leadership are all key elements in developing housing-led Local Development Orders (LDOs), according to a new advice note published.

  • Welsh Assembly passes new historic environment legislation

    Published: Thursday, 11th February 2016

    The first Wales-only legislation to improve the protection and management of the country’s historic environment has been passed by the National Assembly.

  • New information regime for fracking projects

    Published: Thursday, 11th February 2016

    Mineral planning authorities (MPAs) should provide key information to both the Department for Energy and Climate Change and applicants when approving relevant shale gas or oil developments.

  • Clark blocks housing scheme in Cornwall AONB

    Published: Thursday, 11th February 2016

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has dismissed an appeal over a proposed cross-subsidy residential development of 18 dwellings earmarked for a site at St Just in Roseland near Truro.

  • Planning round-up 11 February

    Published: Thursday, 11th February 2016

    Fees increase on the cards. New Homes Bonus pay-outs. Energy project developments. Lancashire transport strategy. Local plan moves. And more stories...

  • MPs urge greater public involvement in devolution deals

    Published: Wednesday, 10th February 2016

    MPs have urged ministers and local council politicians to do more to ensure the public is engaged in devolution proposals, negotiations and outcomes.

  • Local devolution legislation makes the statute book

    Published: Thursday, 4th February 2016

    Ministers have promised further devolution deals in addition to the seven already agreed across the country as the Government’s Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill received the Royal Assent.

  • Go-ahead for Taunton urban extension

    Published: Thursday, 4th February 2016

    Outline proposals for a residential-led mixed use urban extension in south west Taunton involving up to 2,000 new homes, some 25 per cent of which will be affordable, have been approved.

  • Green light for huge distribution depot in Leicestershire

    Published: Thursday, 4th February 2016

    Harborough District Council planning committee has agreed detailed plans for a 100,844 square metre storage and distribution centre with offices on land adjoining and linked to the Magna Park complex.

  • Parliament to probe planning and flooding

    Published: Thursday, 4th February 2016

    MPs have confirmed that planning issues will be central to the inquiry announced last week by the Commons Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee into future flood prevention in England.

  • Chancellor urged to clarify economic case for new South East England airport capacity

    Published: Thursday, 4th February 2016

    The chair of the Commons Treasury Committee has taken the unusual step of urging the Chancellor to clarify key aspects of the Government’s economic case for the expansion of the UK’s airport capacity.

  • Planning round-up 4 February

    Published: Thursday, 4th February 2016

    Public land prospectus. LGA warns of loss of 80,000 council houses by 2020. Seven more neighbourhood plans pass muster. Winchester redevelopment scheme ditched. And more stories...

  • Minister insists there will be checks on ‘planning in principle’

    Published: Thursday, 28th January 2016

    The Government insisted this week that its proposals for granting planning in principle would be “locally driven” and subject to both public consultation and consideration against planning policy.

  • Report shows nearly half UK cities have low-wage and high-welfare economies

    Published: Thursday, 28th January 2016

    A new report by leading think tank Centre for Cities reveals that more than 980,000 new jobs were created in UK cities between 2010 and 2014 but that urban wages fell by five per cent.

  • London council to routinely publish official advice on applications

    Published: Thursday, 28th January 2016

    The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has announced that from March it will routinely publish any advice an applicant has received about a development proposal before the application was made.

  • Neighbourhood Plan issues hit Oxfordshire sheltered homes project

    Published: Thursday, 28th January 2016

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has refused an appeal over a proposal to redevelop a former Oxfordshire police station into sheltered accommodation.

  • Planning round-up 28 January

    Published: Thursday, 28th January 2016

    Infrastructure consultation launched. Sargeant approves national developments decisions process. RTPI critiques CIL regime. Post-war public art works listed. And more stories...

  • Ministers back East Midlands rail freight project against inspectors’ advice

    Published: Thursday, 21st January 2016

    Proposals for a huge so-called strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) earmarked for a 100-hecatre site near the East Midlands Airport at Castle Donnington, Leicestershire have been approved.

  • Clark allows two major housing scheme appeals in Warwick

    Published: Thursday, 21st January 2016

    Two major housing schemes totalling up to 1,350 new homes proposed for sites off Europa Way in Warwick have been allowed on appeal by Communities Secretary Greg Clark.

  • Major new overhead power line consented across south west England

    Published: Thursday, 21st January 2016

    National Grid has successfully applied for a development consent order (DCO) from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to construct the Hinkley Point C Connection project.

  • Master plan for new settlement near Stroud approved

    Published: Thursday, 21st January 2016

    The master plan for a new settlement providing over 1,300 homes west of Stonehouse, Gloucestershire has been given the go ahead by Stroud District Council.

  • Report urges town centre investment zones to rejuvenate high streets

    Published: Thursday, 21st January 2016

    Better asset management of the high street could unlock much-needed investment for local authorities and help communities transform town centres according to new report.

  • Planning round-up 21 January

    Published: Thursday, 21st January 2016

    Coastal ‘Blue Belt’ designations. Former MoD sites earmarked for homes. Clark approves gypsy change of use scheme. Factory built zero-carbon homes mooted for UK. And more stories...

  • Housing and Planning bill moves to the Lords from the Commons

    Published: Thursday, 14th January 2016

    The Government’s flagship Housing and Planning bill completed its passage through the Commons this week unscathed.

  • Clark backs new housing in neighbourhood plan areas in Norfolk and near Lewes

    Published: Thursday, 14th January 2016

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has allowed two appeals involving major housing developments, one in Norfolk and the other near Lewes in East Sussex.

  • Ministers consult on the new National Infrastructure Commission

    Published: Thursday, 14th January 2016

    The Government has launched a consultation on the governance and general modus operandi of the newly minted National Infrastructure Commission.

  • PM unveils estate regeneration initiative

    Published: Thursday, 14th January 2016

    The PM has unveiled an initiative to target the country’s 100 worst housing estates and redevelop them. This could involve complete demolition and rebuilding in some cases.

  • House builders deny land-banking after councils highlight unbuilt residential development

    Published: Thursday, 14th January 2016

    House builders have hit back at claims by local authorities that they are ‘land-banking’ and building-out schemes more slowly than in the past.

  • Planning round-up 14 January

    Published: Thursday, 14th January 2016

    Watchdog queries deliverability of major government projects. Canterbury homes boost. Solar power moves. Crossrail 2 concerns. And more stories...

  • Bill amended to allow ministers to pilot competition in processing planning applications

    Published: Thursday, 7th January 2016

    Planning minister Brandon Lewis has announced proposals to pilot competition in the processing of planning applications.

  • PM commits to commissioning affordable housing

    Published: Thursday, 7th January 2016

    David Cameron has committed to a new policy which will see the Government directly commissioning new affordable homes this year on publicly-owned land.

  • Ministers mull cuts to New Homes Bonus regime

    Published: Thursday, 7th January 2016

    Ministers have begun consulting on proposals to reform the New Homes Bonus regime.

  • Green light for shale gas exploration

    Published: Thursday, 7th January 2016

    Vast swathes of English countryside have been earmarked for potential shale gas development.

  • Clark dismisses Gloucestershire homes against inspector’s advice

    Published: Thursday, 7th January 2016

    SoS Greg Clark has rejected the advice of the inspector who held an inquiry into a recovered appeal involving outline permission for up to 200 new homes in Gloucestershire and refused the proposals.

  • Planning round-up 7 January

    Published: Thursday, 7th January 2016

    New Welsh language policy kicks-in. Prior approvals on the increase. DCO changes advice. Urban study identifies gaps. Clark refuses Bristol green belt solar farm. And more stories...

  • New guidance on tall buildings published

    Published: Thursday, 17th December 2015

    Historic England has published revised guidance on the impact of tall buildings amid a surge in applications for new skyscrapers.

  • Planning bill makes parliamentary progress

    Published: Thursday, 17th December 2015

    MPs last week completed their line by line scrutiny of the Government’s flagship housing and planning bill.

  • Ministers buy more time to decide extra airport capacity in SE England

    Published: Thursday, 17th December 2015

    The Government has announced it needs more time before it makes a decision on new airport capacity in south east England.

  • Illegal Hackney flats attract record compensation for planning offence

    Published: Thursday, 17th December 2015

    A private developer has been ordered to pay what is thought to be a record £725,000 in compensation for a planning offence after building an illegal six-storey block of flats.

  • Derbyshire local plan withdrawn over housing delivery glitch

    Published: Thursday, 17th December 2015

    A Derbyshire planning authority has withdrawn its local plan from public examination after announcing it could no longer demonstrate a five-year supply of housing sites.

  • Planning round-up 17 December

    Published: Thursday, 17th December 2015

    Ministers urged to allow more time for policy change consultation. Report claims nimbyism isn’t inevitable. Liverpool proposals. Accessibility tool-kit. And more stories...

  • Government sets out proposed changes for national planning policy

    Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

    The Government has begun consulting on a slew of proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

  • Lewis confirms that permissions in principle will be housing-led

    Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

    Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has told Parliament that the Government intends permission in principle (PiP) for the development of certain land to be limited to “housing-led development”

  • Major new York redevelopment mooted

    Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

    Details of a master plan for the ambitious redevelopment of York’s largest brownfield site have been unveiled this week.

  • Clark intervenes over England’s biggest onshore wind farm

    Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has intervened over proposals for what would be the biggest on-shore wind farm in England.

  • Hook Norton housing scheme won on appeal

    Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

    Gladman Developments has won an appeal determined by Communities Secretary Greg Clark for a 54-home scheme at Hook Norton, Oxfordshire refused by the local planning authority Cherwell District Council

  • Planning round-up 10 December

    Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

    Funding for garden towns and starter homes. Listed building consent poll. Key devolution legislation makes waves. And more stories...

  • Ministers announce faster schedule for part of HS2

    Published: Thursday, 3rd December 2015

    The high speed rail link connecting Crewe to Birmingham will open six years ahead of schedule in 2027, Chancellor George Osborne and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced this week.

  • Lewis clarifies LPA duty to make provision for travellers

    Published: Thursday, 3rd December 2015

    Lewis has insisted that measures in the housing and planning bill which change the planning regime for travellers did not remove the duty on LPAs to access their housing needs.

  • Watchdog bangs the drum over plans affecting heritage sites

    Published: Thursday, 3rd December 2015

    Planners must ensure they refer to the correct legislation when considering applications affecting heritage sites, the Local Government Ombudsman has stressed.

  • MPs say no expansion of Heathrow without key green commitments

    Published: Thursday, 3rd December 2015

    The Government should not back the building of a third runway at Heathrow until a number of key environmental conditions can be met, MPs have urged.

  • Government confirms value of land should reflect planning requirements

    Published: Thursday, 3rd December 2015

    Islington Council in north London has welcomed confirmation from the Government that the value of land should reflect planning requirements.

  • Planning round-up 3 December

    Published: Thursday, 3rd December 2015

    Districts pitch their local plan reforms. Latest UK population projections. Revised CPO guidance published by DCLG. Competition to develop smarter urban spaces launched. And more stories...

  • Autumn Statement signals further planning reforms and a new target for affordable homes

    Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

    The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review unveiled this week (25 November) committed the Government to a new target for affordable housing starts and further reforms to the planning system

  • Independent CIL review set in motion

    Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

    Ministers have announced an independent review of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

  • Research identifies most promising locations for housing growth

    Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

    New research from Knight Frank and planning consultancy Barton Willmore has identified local authority areas where economic and planning data, suggest good fundamentals for residential development.

  • MPs slam Network Rail’s infrastructure planning

    Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

    MPs on the influential Commons Public Accounts Committee have raised serious concerns about rail investment in the UK in a report just published.

  • Problems for two major energy projects

    Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

    Two major energy infrastructure projects have hit problems in the last week.

  • Planning round-up 26 November

    Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

    Welsh stalled sites and s106s. Social town planning manifesto launched. Inspector agrees to suspend Warwick’s local plan examination until May 2016. And more stories...

  • City region deals for West Midlands and Merseyside

    Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015

    Two more devolution deals involving city regions were announced this week, one for the West Midlands and the other for Merseyside.

  • Infrastructure commission priorities set out in call for evidence

    Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015

    Andrew Adonis, interim Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, has set out his organisation’s immediate priorities and launched a major call for evidence.

  • National Trust sounds the alarm over coastal development

    Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015

    Over the last decade 12,500 new homes and businesses have been built in coastal areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which are at risk of significant erosion or flooding.

  • CPRE claims housing target system threatens countryside unnecessarily

    Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015

    The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has called for an overhaul of the way local authorities set housing targets after claiming the present system led to countryside being lost unnecessarily.

  • MPs question City Deal accountability and effectiveness

    Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015

    The Department for Communities and Local Government must work with local areas to strengthen local scrutiny and accountability arrangements as City Deals are implemented, MPs have insisted.

  • Planning round-up 19 November

    Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015

    House-building booms. Blackpool Airport gains. Enterprise Zone status. Chippenham sites plan criticised by inspector. Fund to tackle ‘beds-in-sheds’. And more stories...

  • Research identifies out-of-date employment land requirements

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    Much of the evidence base for employment land requirements in local development plans and used for planning determinations is out of date, research by consultancy Turley has shown.

  • Pressure grows on planning fee reform

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has stepped up its pressure on the Government to allow councils to set their own planning fees.

  • Brandon Lewis urges more shared planning services

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    Planning minister Brandon Lewis has urged more councils to share planning services when he answered question in Parliament this week.

  • Steel City urban extensions mooted

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    Sheffield City Council this week started preliminary consultations on its new development plan which includes the possibility of providing thousands of new homes in a series of urban extensions.

  • Greater Cambridge increases homes target

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    Planning authorities in and around Cambridge, one of the fastest-growing areas of England, have increased their local plans’ housing target by 500 homes.

  • Planning round-up 12 November

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    Decision on Taunton urban extension deferred. TCPA report calls for 310,000 new. Homes a year. Whitehall cuts accepted by DCLG, Defra and DfT. Cherwell custom-build LDO approved. And more stories...

  • Housing and Planning bill survives Parliamentary scrutiny during second reading

    Published: Thursday, 5th November 2015

    The Government’s Housing and Planning bill faced heavy opposition in Parliament this week as the legislation comfortably negotiated its second reading stage in the Commons.

  • Chancellor confirms £100bn spend on infrastructure will be centre-piece of Autumn Statement

    Published: Thursday, 5th November 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne has committed to spending £100bn on new UK infrastructure over the lifetime of the current Parliament.

  • DCLG clarifies new housing element in Development Control Order regime

    Published: Thursday, 5th November 2015

    The Government has clarified its new proposals for including new homes in individual development consent orders (DCOs) and confirmed that the maximum number of permanent homes will be 500.

  • Northants housing scheme allowed on appeal despite neighbourhood plan conflict

    Published: Thursday, 5th November 2015

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has allowed on appeal outline proposals for a 39-home residential development on the edge of a Northamptonshire village.

  • Further review of Welsh National Park and AONB governance announced

    Published: Thursday, 5th November 2015

    Welsh Planning and Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant has announced a further review of the governance and purpose of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

  • Planning round-up 5 November

    Published: Thursday, 5th November 2015

    Welsh stalled sites and s106s. Social town planning manifesto launched. Inspector agrees to suspend Warwick’s local plan examination until May 2016. And more stories...

  • Devolution deals set up for North East and Tees Valley

    Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne has signed two more draft devolution deals. These involve the North East Combined Authority and the shadow Tees Valley Combined Authority.

  • Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Park extensions approved

    Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

    Ministers have given the green light to extend the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks.

  • Permissions in principle won’t be retrospective

    Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

    The Government’s new proposal to grant permission in principle for new homes on land designated in local and neighbourhood plans and the new brownfield registers will not apply retrospectively.

  • East London master plan unveiled

    Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has published a new master plan designed to help transform East London and deliver more than 200,000 homes and up to 250,000 jobs.

  • Essex members block major housing schemes against the advice of officers

    Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

    Members of an Essex local planning authority have refused permission for three major housing developments against the advice of officers.

  • Planning round-up 29 October

    Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

    Welsh stalled sites and s106s. Social town planning manifesto launched. Inspector agrees to suspend Warwick’s local plan examination until May 2016. And more stories...

  • Clark approves major housing schemes in Kent and Cheshire including loss of ancient woodland

    Published: Thursday, 22nd October 2015

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has allowed on appeal two major housing schemes, one in Kent, the other in Cheshire, which will provide a total of 715 new homes.

  • Warwick District Council puts case for lengthy local plan suspension

    Published: Thursday, 22nd October 2015

    Warwick District Council has spelled out its case for suspending examination of its local plan until May 2016.

  • Go-ahead for 1,500 new homes in Berkshire

    Published: Thursday, 22nd October 2015

    Wokingham Borough Council has approved proposals for up to 1,500 homes (some 35 per cent affordable) plus a neighbourhood centre at Hogwood Farm in central Berkshire.

  • Latest Heritage at Risk Register highlights threats to Barrows

    Published: Thursday, 22nd October 2015

    Historic England’s latest Heritage at Risk Register, just published, highlights that a Napoleonic watch tower in Essex and a lighthouse in Sunderland are among England’s heritage now at risk.

  • National Trust project quantifies coastal protection

    Published: Thursday, 22nd October 2015

    One of the biggest mapping projects of the 20th century has revealed that the built-up areas of the English, Welsh and Northern Irish coasts has increased by 42 per cent over the last 50 years.

  • Planning round-up 22 October

    Published: Thursday, 22nd October 2015

    Housing project funding dispute. Swansea developments. Large sites help. Tesco sites deal. Chinese investment targets. And more stories...

  • Government publishes landmark Housing and Planning bill

    Published: Thursday, 15th October 2015

    The Government published its landmark Housing and Planning bill on Tuesday when the 119-page legislation had its introduction in the House of Commons without debate.

  • Office-to-residential PD to be made permanent

    Published: Thursday, 15th October 2015

    The planning and housing minister has announced that the temporary office-to-residential permitted development (PD) right, that was due to lapse at the end of May 2016, will be made permanent.

  • Housing scheme element slotted into DCO regime

    Published: Thursday, 15th October 2015

    The Government this week clarified how it plans to implement its promise to allow an element of housing in schemes requiring DCOs under the planning regime for NSIPs.

  • Survey highlights under-resourced planning departments

    Published: Thursday, 15th October 2015

    Some of England’s major cities are taking well over six months to determine major new planning applications.

  • Developer who challenged Solihull local plan wins appeal

    Published: Thursday, 15th October 2015

    190-home development re-determined as a recovered appeal.

  • Planning round-up 15 October

    Published: Thursday, 15th October 2015

    Local plan reform panel calls for submissions. Call to use land value uplift for ‘public good’. Power project proposals. Neighbourhood plans progress. Hull gears up as culture city. And more stories..

  • Osborne unveils National Infrastructure Commission initiative

    Published: Thursday, 8th October 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne has said the Government plans to set up an independent statutory National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

  • Sheffield City Region deal unveiled

    Published: Thursday, 8th October 2015

    The Government has agreed a new devolution deal with civic leaders from South Yorkshire which will mean a new directly-elected mayor.

  • Clark bats away wind projects

    Published: Thursday, 8th October 2015

    Three more onshore wind turbine projects in the North of England have been blown off course by Communities Secretary Greg Clark on appeal.

  • RTPI warns that staff cuts are undermining planning service

    Published: Thursday, 8th October 2015

    New research undertaken on behalf of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has found average cuts in planning staff of more than 30 per cent in local planning authorities.

  • Green light for new Blackpool 1,400-home neighbourhood

    Published: Thursday, 8th October 2015

    Outline proposals for a £200m new community near Blackpool were approved this week by the council subject to a s106 agreement.

  • Planning round-up 8 October

    Published: Thursday, 8th October 2015

    Green belt figures. Latest deprived neighbourhood analysis. PM pledges homes building crusade. National Trust urges tougher AONB regime. Thumbs down for Woodstock development. And more stories...

  • Special dispensation for Durham Local Plan

    Published: Thursday, 1st October 2015

    The Department of Communities and Local Government has decided that Durham County Council can resume work on its local plan.

  • Major Lancashire housing scheme won on appeal

    Published: Thursday, 1st October 2015

    Developer Hallam Land Management has successfully appealed Fylde Borough Council’s failure to determine its application.

  • Sunderland advanced manufacturing park scheme confirmed as NSIP

    Published: Thursday, 1st October 2015

    International Advanced Manufacturing Park deemed nationally significant.

  • New NI planning policy statement blocks fracking

    Published: Thursday, 1st October 2015

    A presumption against unconventional oil and gas extraction and a retail development policy firmly rooted in the notion of “town centres first” are highlighted in Northern Ireland’s latest SPPS.

  • Government public land programme under fire from MPs

    Published: Thursday, 1st October 2015

    Backbench MPs have heavily criticised the Government over its high-profile public sector land disposal programme.

  • Planning round-up 1 October

    Published: Thursday, 1st October 2015

    Latest UK house-building figures. Go-ahead for huge Loughborough housing scheme. Party conferences prioritise housing. Cardiff city centre progress. And more stories...

  • Huge offshore wind farm refused consent by ministers

    Published: Thursday, 17th September 2015

    Energy minister Lord Bourne has announced development consent has been refused for the proposed Navitus Bay offshore wind park.

  • Revised master plan for huge Greenwich Peninsula development

    Published: Thursday, 17th September 2015

    The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s planning board has approved a revised master plan for the redevelopment of the Greenwich Peninsula site in south-east London.

  • Major housing scheme for Cheshire site unveiled

    Published: Thursday, 17th September 2015

    Proposals for more than 1,000 new homes have been submitted for a site in Cheshire dubbed as “one of the North West’s largest construction projects”.

  • Power line removal project priorities announced

    Published: Thursday, 17th September 2015

    The project to reduce the visual impact of power line infrastructure in nationally protected landscapes across England and Wales has reached a key milestone.

  • Error over s106 agreements costs Rutland council nearly £2m

    Published: Thursday, 17th September 2015

    Rutland County Council has approved a settlement with a developer after a planning error cost it nearly £2m.

  • Planning round-up 17 September

    Published: Thursday, 17th September 2015

    New Local plan panel starts work. Land Securities quits Kent major housing scheme. D-day soon on offices to homes conversions. Green belt homes halved. And more stories...

  • UK energy minister blocks four Welsh wind farms

    Published: Thursday, 10th September 2015

    Energy minister Andrea Leadsom has refused planning permission for four onshore wind farms and one overhead line project all in Powys, Mid-Wales.

  • RIBA report highlights delivery problems with many practices

    Published: Thursday, 10th September 2015

    A report by RIBA has highlighted client frustrations over the divide between architectural practices with vision and those that can deliver post planning.

  • Draft South Downs National Park local plan out for consultation

    Published: Thursday, 10th September 2015

    New policies that set the course for development across one of the largest planning authority areas in England are out for consultation.

  • Go-ahead for Salford housing schemes

    Published: Thursday, 10th September 2015

    Salford City Council has given the go ahead for nearly 2,000 new homes.

  • Devolved power bids make Treasury deadline

    Published: Thursday, 10th September 2015

    At least £60bn of central government spending should be devolved to local areas over the next five years, council leaders have urged.

  • New site for Birmingham market complex approved

    Published: Thursday, 10th September 2015

    The first steps towards releasing Birmingham city centre’s massive Wholesale Markets site for redevelopment have been taken following planning approval for a new home for the facility.

  • Planning round-up 10 September

    Published: Thursday, 10th September 2015

    Migration figures cast doubt on housing projections. Neighbourhood plans in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire make waves. And more stories...

  • Government redefines traveller sites regime

    Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

    The government has revised its special planning policy for travellers. From this week it will only apply to those “who lead a genuine travelling lifestyle”.

  • English councils urge right to set planning fees individually

    Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

    English local authorities have urged ministers for the right to set their own planning charges as part of a submission by the Local Government Association (LGA) ahead of November’s spending review.

  • Swathe of inter-war pubs listed

    Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

    The Government has agreed with the results of research carried out by Historic England and has listed a number of inter-war pubs.

  • Neighbourhood plan issues scupper Northamptonshire housing scheme

    Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

    Developer Miller Homes has lost its appeal over a residential development of 80 homes at the Northamptonshire hill-top village of West Haddon.

  • Planning round-up 3 September

    Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

    First Welsh LDO introduced. Ellesmere Port scheme won on appeal. Go-ahead for Grimsby housing. Inspector says farmland homes can go-ahead. And more stories...

  • Proposals unveiled for starter homes on rural exception sites

    Published: Thursday, 27th August 2015

    Relaxed planning rules covering the construction of low cost ‘starter homes’ for local residents could be extended to rural towns and villages in England as part of plans to boost the rural economy.

  • UNESCO calls foul over housing scheme near Blenheim Palace

    Published: Thursday, 27th August 2015

    Proposals to build hundreds of new homes at Woodstock would harm the setting of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, the UN agency’s specialist adviser has warned.

  • Newt initiative unveiled by Natural England

    Published: Thursday, 27th August 2015

    An innovative approach to protecting one of England’s most threatened amphibians could enhance their population and reduce delays to major building projects.

  • Innovative flood protection scheme for Morpeth

    Published: Thursday, 27th August 2015

    A tourist destination in Northumberland, affected by flooding in 2008, is benefitting from an innovative £26m scheme which has just been completed.

  • Call for flexible CIL charges to help small builders

    Published: Thursday, 27th August 2015

    A new report commissioned by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) suggests local planning authorities could inadvertently be costing small house builders millions of pounds.

  • Planning round-up 27 August

    Published: Thursday, 27th August 2015

    Quartermain to head PINS as Ridley moves back to DCLG. English housing starts up but completions down. Green light for Sussex port expansion. Special measures memorandum published. And more stories...

  • More fracking battle lines drawn up as latest shale gas licenses identified

    Published: Thursday, 20th August 2015

    Planning authorities, predominately in the midlands and the north of England, will find themselves in the fracking front-line following this week’s announcement by the UK’s oil and gas regulator.

  • St Albans green belt housing appeals dismissed

    Published: Thursday, 20th August 2015

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has dismissed two re-opened appeals, one for 116 dwellings and a care home and the other for 85 dwellings at a green belt location on the northern edge of St Albans.

  • RTPI report challenges London green belt homes over car commuting

    Published: Thursday, 20th August 2015

    Proposals for one million new homes near train stations in London’s green belt could add up to 7.5 million car journeys every week, according to new research by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

  • Welsh planning minister bangs the drum for green power

    Published: Thursday, 20th August 2015

    Welsh Planning and Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant has written to LPAs in Wales stressing that UK government proposals to fast-track shale gas development only apply to England.

  • Canterbury and Warwick local plan key moves

    Published: Thursday, 20th August 2015

    The planning inspector considering Canterbury City Council’s draft local plan has recommended postponing the second stage of its examination while the LPA investigates meeting a higher housing need.

  • Planning round-up 20 August

    Published: Thursday, 20th August 2015

    Welsh strategic planning panel consultation. Devon homes and marina plan appeal dismissed. Harlow housing estate redevelopment. Peak Park’s forest sales. And more stories...

  • Ministers unveil ‘fast-track’ shale gas measures

    Published: Thursday, 13th August 2015

    Shale gas planning applications will be fast-tracked through a new dedicated planning process under measures just announced.

  • Ministers back huge offshore wind project off Teesside coast

    Published: Thursday, 13th August 2015

    Ministers have approved a development consent order for the construction of a major new offshore wind farm off the UK north-east coast.

  • West Sussex and Oxfordshire local plans under a cloud

    Published: Thursday, 13th August 2015

    Two more local plans are experiencing serious turbulence.

  • Tamworth council approves 1,100-home scheme

    Published: Thursday, 13th August 2015

    Tamworth Borough Council’s Planning Committee has approved the Staffordshire local authority’s outline planning application for up to 1,100 new homes on the former Tamworth golf course site.

  • Scottish ministers back rail freight project against advice of reporter

    Published: Thursday, 13th August 2015

    Plans for a massive new rail freight terminal at Bellshill in North Lanarkshire have been approved in principle by Scottish ministers.

  • Planning round-up 13 August

    Published: Thursday, 13th August 2015

    L&G invests in Leeds mixed-use development. Success on appeal for major Cornish housing scheme. Energy project developments. Land-use statistics. And more stories...

  • Planning round-up 30 July

    Published: Tuesday, 11th August 2015

    Keele University housing scheme blocked by Clark. Suffolk housing scheme approved again. Green light for new Gloucestershire neighbourhood. Housing permission figures. And more stories...

  • Judge quashes government policy on affordable housing exemption thresholds

    Published: Thursday, 6th August 2015

    Two Berkshire councils have won a landmark High Court challenge over government policy brought in last November.

  • Major scheme for derelict Derbyshire ironworks withdrawn

    Published: Thursday, 6th August 2015

    Proposals for nearly 2,000 homes on a derelict ironworks in Derbyshire have been withdrawn after officers at Erewash Borough Council recommended refusal of the scheme.

  • Manchester development plans make waves

    Published: Thursday, 6th August 2015

    Manchester City Council has unveiled proposals for the city centre which could include a raft of new towers, multi-billion pound new neighbourhoods and so-called “vertical villages”.

  • New Plymouth settlement poised to climb off the drawing board

    Published: Thursday, 6th August 2015

    Detailed plans – including landscaping and transport links – for the first stage of a new market town near Plymouth have been approved by South Hams District Council and the city council.

  • Pioneering Leicestershire brownfield LDOs mooted

    Published: Thursday, 6th August 2015

    Consultancy Peter Brett Associates has been appointed by Oadby and Wigston Borough Council to prepare Local Development Orders (LDOs) for three town centre sites.

  • Planning round-up 6 August

    Published: Thursday, 6th August 2015

    Stricter green belt safeguards sought. Clark backs Sheffield warehouse to academy conversion. Kent theme park operator deal over energy scheme. Plymouth cruise terminal study. And more stories...

  • Major Bedfordshire green belt housing scheme makes progress

    Published: Thursday, 30th July 2015

    Central Bedfordshire Council has resolved to approve a major planning application for a mixed-use residential-led development of nearly 2,000 new homes to the west of Bidwell.

  • Pioneering brownfield LDO published for consultation

    Published: Thursday, 30th July 2015

    A Lincolnshire planning authority has begun consulting on a pioneering Local Development Order (LDO) designed to make it easier and quicker to redevelop brownfield sites.

  • Think tank urges statutory right to beautiful places

    Published: Thursday, 30th July 2015

    Independent think tank ResPublica has called for all communities to have the right to “beautiful places, buildings and spaces”, regardless of income.

  • Charity calls for s106 changes to ensure more affordable homes

    Published: Thursday, 30th July 2015

    Viability assessment guidelines should be introduced to make it more difficult for developers to reduce affordable housing in planning agreements, according to charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • West Midlands strategy to capitalise on HS2 unveiled

    Published: Thursday, 30th July 2015

    A strategy to capitalise on the opportunities that the arrival of HS2 will bring to the West Midlands region has been unveiled by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

  • Government announces local plan ‘deadline’ and urges more Inspectorate pragmatism

    Published: Thursday, 23rd July 2015

    Planning Minister Brandon Lewis told Parliament this week that the government would intervene where local authorities had failed to produce a local plan by “early 2017”.

  • Lancashire underground gas storage scheme finally gets the go-ahead

    Published: Thursday, 23rd July 2015

    Energy Minister Lord Bourne has granted a development consent order for the Preesall underground gas storage project proposed by Halite Energy on the east side of the Wyre Estuary in Lancashire.

  • Draft regulations published over fracking in safeguarded areas

    Published: Thursday, 23rd July 2015

    The government has published the draft regulations which set out the conditions under which hydraulic fracturing would be allowed to take place beneath National Parks.

  • Clark backs council and blocks Lincolnshire housing scheme

    Published: Thursday, 23rd July 2015

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has backed a Lincolnshire planning authority and dismissed an appeal for a mixed-use sustainable urban extension of up to 970 new homes at Louth.

  • Cornish devolution deal falls short of council wish-list

    Published: Thursday, 23rd July 2015

    The government has granted Cornwall the first of its new county deals, devolving powers over health and social care integration, bus services and economic development to the unitary council.

  • Planning round-up 23 July

    Published: Thursday, 23rd July 2015

    Beagle-breeding facility allowed on appeal by Clark. Hatfield energy from waste project blocked a second time. Big four retailers fail to activate a third of proposed new stores. And more stories...

  • Osborne unveils package of planning reforms

    Published: Thursday, 16th July 2015

    The government has unveiled a further package of radical planning reforms as part of a wide-ranging Productivity Plan drawn up by the Treasury and Chancellor George Osborne.

  • Ministers threaten to intervene on local plans

    Published: Thursday, 16th July 2015

    Councils that fail to agree a local plan could face direct government intervention under new reforms just proposed.

  • Measures unveiled to improve planning performance

    Published: Thursday, 16th July 2015

    The latest package of reforms includes a series of measures designed to improve planning decision –making as well as moves to devolve planning powers, particularly in the capital.

  • Oxfordshire council proposes first large-scale self-build LDO

    Published: Thursday, 16th July 2015

    Cherwell District Council has announced proposals for the UK’s first large-scale Local Development Order for custom-built housing development.

  • Clark refuses Northumberland green belt housing

    Published: Thursday, 16th July 2015

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has dismissed an appeal by Lugano Developments Ltd.

  • Planning round-up 16 July

    Published: Thursday, 16th July 2015

    Retail applications continue to fall. Pembrokeshire “hobbit house” wins appeal. Chippenham growth. Report says LEPs need staff and clearer status. And more stories...

  • Osborne’s budget speech promises planning reforms and further devolution

    Published: Thursday, 9th July 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne promised a further raft of planning reforms when he delivered his summer budget this week, but exactly what will not be unveiled until Friday 10 July.

  • Report calls for strategic planning incentives to boost housing

    Published: Thursday, 9th July 2015

    Strong financial incentives are needed to coordinate planning and land use strategically across council boundaries with ‘meaningful penalties’ for councils which fail to do so, according to new report

  • Some wind farm developers under-estimate noise and other impacts at planning stage

    Published: Thursday, 9th July 2015

    Some wind farm developers have under-assessed the impact of wind farm noise and appearance on residents living nearby, according to ground-breaking research just published.

  • Welsh planning bill gets Royal Assent

    Published: Thursday, 9th July 2015

    The legislation which makes major changes to the Welsh planning system including a new requirement to consider the implications for the Welsh language obtained Royal Assent this week.

  • New maps show farmland loss and less tree cover over past decade

    Published: Thursday, 9th July 2015

    Large tracts of agricultural land have been lost as part of large-scale changes to the environment this century, researchers have found.

  • Planning round-up 9 July

    Published: Thursday, 9th July 2015

    Forth Bridge awarded Heritage Site status. CPRE makes case for rural exemption to safeguard affordable housing. Cheshire East may need to resubmit amended local plan. And more stories...

  • New north-west runway at Heathrow recommended by Airports Commission

    Published: Thursday, 2nd July 2015

    A new north-west runway at Heathrow is the independent Airports Commission’s recommendation as the most credible option for expanding aviation capacity in the UK.

  • Huge potash mine approved for North York Moors National Park

    Published: Thursday, 2nd July 2015

    Plans for the world’s largest potash mine have been approved by members of the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA).

  • Lancashire blocks further fracking near Blackpool against officer advice

    Published: Thursday, 2nd July 2015

    Members of Lancashire County Council’s development control committee this week voted unanimously to refuse energy company Cuadrilla’s application to explore for shale gas at a site near Blackpool.

  • Key ‘Northern Powerhouse’ rail projects in doubt

    Published: Thursday, 2nd July 2015

    The government has cast doubt over its so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ initiative

  • Spending watchdog criticises monitoring of public land sell-off for new homes

    Published: Thursday, 2nd July 2015

    The National Audit Office has criticised the Department for Communities and Local Government over its failure to monitor adequately its plans to sell public land to build a potential 100,000 homes.

  • Planning round-up 2 July

    Published: Thursday, 2nd July 2015

    DCLG reveals timetable for latest planning reforms and initiatives. Population growth statistics. Clark blocks major Yorkshire housing schemes and Essex Sainsbury’s store. And more stories...

  • Ministers announce onshore wind farm regime change

    Published: Thursday, 25th June 2015

    The government has wasted little time in honouring manifesto pledges over giving local communities a greater say over onshore wind farm projects and axing subsidies for them.

  • MPs back changes to proposed HS2 route to allow petitioning

    Published: Thursday, 25th June 2015

    MPs have approved a raft of changes to the proposed route of the HS2 project between London and the west Midlands.

  • Report urges departmental fusion to aid housing delivery

    Published: Thursday, 25th June 2015

    Councils have been urged to consolidate their planning, housing and regeneration teams as local authorities gear-up to help deliver more housing.

  • Land bank scammers disqualified

    Published: Thursday, 25th June 2015

    Four men, three of whom are brothers, have been disqualified for 14 years for being either company directors or being involved in company management after operating a land banking scam

  • Council quashes its consent for new Hastings road scheme

    Published: Thursday, 25th June 2015

    The fate of a multi-million pound road scheme in Hastings is back in the melting pot after the borough council quashed its planning permission.

  • Planning round-up 25 June

    Published: Thursday, 25th June 2015

    D-day looms for Yorkshire potash mine. New POS president announced. Welsh planning secondary legislation consultation. Planning statistics. HCA exceeds its target. And more stories...

  • Thumbs up for fracking project in Lancashire

    Published: Friday, 19th June 2015

    Lancashire County Council planners have recommended that test fracking should be allowed at one of two sites on the Fylde coast.

  • RTPI calls for higher planning fees

    Published: Friday, 19th June 2015

    The Royal Town Planning Institute has written to the Chancellor arguing against any further cuts in local authority funding and urging an increase in planning fees.

  • Welsh council planning departments face the chop

    Published: Friday, 19th June 2015

    Welsh public service minister Leighton Andrews has published proposals for the future shape of local government in Wales.

  • Green light for East Sussex 1,000-home urban extension

    Published: Friday, 19th June 2015

    Wealden District Council has granted outline planning permission to developer Welbeck Strategic Land for a 1,000-home urban extension at the East Sussex country town of Uckfield.

  • Think-tank urges new local housing delivery bodies

    Published: Friday, 19th June 2015

    New local bodies called ‘Local Place Partnerships’ (LPPs) led by local authorities should be established to ensure new housing and infrastructure is provided, think tank ResPublica has advocated.

  • Planning round-up 18 June

    Published: Friday, 19th June 2015

    MP urges axe for traveller sites policy. Developers want CPO blight changes. Rare spiders see off Plymouth homes. Heathrow neighbourhood plan. Don Valley Stadium redevelopment. And more stories...

  • Clark intervenes over Essex local plan

    Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has intervened over the fate of Maldon district council’s emerging local plan and directed that it is submitted to him for approval.

  • Green light for Swansea tidal lagoon

    Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015

    Ministers have granted planning approval in the shape of a Development Consent Order for the construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon at a site in Swansea Bay.

  • LPAs need more controls over land banking

    Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015

    Local authorities need new measures including “use it or lose it” powers to accelerate the amount of new housing in the right places according to countryside lobby group.

  • Minister insists devolution bill not just for big cities

    Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015

    The government has stressed that its city devolution bill was not just about greater Manchester and the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’, but would also provide opportunities for other urban areas.

  • Chocks away for Filton Airport proposals

    Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015

    Proposals to redevelop the former Filton Airfield on the outskirts of Bristol with a major new housing scheme have been approved by South Gloucestershire council.

  • Planning round-up 11 June

    Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

    Councils wary of NPPF viability test and affordable homes. Study on new development impact on house prices. Government housing taskforce announced. And more stories...

  • Transport Secretary bangs the drum for HS2 and northern infrastructure

    Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that the HS2 high-speed rail project as well as investment in new transport infrastructure are key priorities for the new administration.

  • Cities devolution bill unveiled in Lords

    Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

    The cities and local government devolution bill has been introduced in the Lords and will have its second reading next week (8 June).

  • Shropshire Council reviews delegation regime

    Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

    Shropshire Council has denied media claims that councillor concern over the planning authority’s delegation regime has prompted a review of the committee and delegation procedures.

  • Welsh government consults on nationally significant development regime

    Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

    The Welsh Government has started consulting on how its proposed new regime for Developments of National Significance (DNS) will work.

  • Planning round-up 4 June

    Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

    Research into planning department cuts and economic development. Energy Secretary won’t determine controversial gas storage project. CIL delays Berkshire homes. And more stories...

  • Former DCLG permanent secretary slams government housing policies

    Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

    Lord Kerslake, formerly the top civil servant in the Department of Communities and Local Government, told ministers this week that two new key Conservative policies were wrong in principle

  • No Planning Bill in Queen’s Speech but plenty of planning-related legislation

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    Although there was no stand-alone planning bill promised in this week’s Queen’s Speech there is plenty to exercise planners and planning authorities in the government’s first legislative programme.

  • House building momentum on the up

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    Official statistics released this week show that 40,340 new homes were started in England during the first three months of this year, the highest quarterly number since 2007.

  • Application submitted for Trowbridge 2,500-home urban extension

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    An outline planning application has been submitted to Wiltshire Council by Ashton Park Trowbridge and Persimmon Homes for a mixed-use urban extension including 2,500 homes in south-east Trowbridge.

  • Top wildlife sites under threat

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    Many of England’s top wildlife sites are under threat from pollution, inappropriate grazing (particularly by deer) and the impact of invasive species.

  • Ofgem launches power plant planning probe

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    Energy watchdog Ofgem has opened investigations to see if five generators provided false or misleading information to National Grid about planning consents for some of their proposed generating units.

  • Planning round-up 28 May

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    Greater Cambridge local plan hiatus. Pickles knighted for services to local government. Go-ahead for Lancashire landfill extension. Brecon Beacon barn conversion charges row. And more stories...