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News published July 2015

  • 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

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