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News published August 2015

  • 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.

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