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News published March 2016

  • 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.

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