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Planning news - 15 February 2024 - Presumption to be applied to brownfield land following review of London Plan, BNG requirements now in force – but gains will not be ‘comfortably achievable’, Gove will shine ‘a pitiless’ light on local authority planning performance – while seeking to change appreciation of its role and more stories...
Planning news - 8 February 2024 - Built environment professionals advocate for children in Commons committee inquiry, Defra designates catchment areas where wastewater works must be update, Welsh Government proposes body to oversee compliance with environmental law and more stories...
Planning news - 1 February 2024 - Legal challenge launched as renewable energy NPS does not cover onshore wind, Proposals signed for devolution in Devon and Torbay, Planning minister intervenes in Mole Valley over local plan and more stories...
Planning news - 18 January 2024 - Mansfield to get £20m for regeneration, More than 450 homes approved in Wrexham, Inspectors concerned about Traveller site provision in York plan and more stories...
Planning news - 25 January 2024 - BNG for major developments to come into force on 12 February, Bioenergy with carbon capture facility granted DCO by energy secretary, Requirement to review local plans proves ‘ineffective’ and more stories...
Planning news - 11 December 2024 - Consultation on street votes begins, Guidance and proposals on heritage buildings and energy efficiency published, Government to make sure planning policy backs freeports and more stories...
Planning news - 20 December 2023 - Council proposes withdrawing its local plan, Future Homes Standard consultation begins, Affordable homes in Plymouth approved and more stories...
Planning news - 14 December 2023 - BNG draft guidance published, Rail upgrades and road improvements ‘will lead to greater connectivity across the UK’ – government, Nominate your 2024 Planner Woman of Influence and more stories...
Planning news - 7 December 2023 - Rooftop solar to fall under permitted development, UK eco-systems valued at £1.5 trillion to the economy, Brentwood backs garden village proposal and more stories...
Planning news - 30 November 2023 - Government to change national policy to boost electric vehicle charging points, Government extends national priority status to net-zero energy technology, Planning authorities fail to allocate Gypsy and Traveller sites and more stories...
Planning news - 23 November 2023 - Study outlines major gap between decarbonisation policy and planning, Watchdog hits out at missed levelling-up scheme deadlines, Historic England unveils draft advice on building adaptation and more stories...
Planning news - 16 November 2023 - Policy for build to rent across London boroughs is 'mixed', Decision on DCO for A66 improvement delayed, Weymouth man must pay £4,000 after failing to comply with enforcement notice and more stories...
Planning news - 8 November 2023 - Construction workloads decline, reveals survey, Hertsmere councillors to consider local development scheme, Towering bedrooms for sixth-form students in Cardiff Bay and more stories...
Planning news - 26 October 2023 - Lords amendments on NDMP scrutiny reversed by government, National network planning policies must align with net-zero, say MPs, Emergency department approved in South West and more stories...
Planning news - 19 October 2023 - Government urged to adopt ‘greater transparency’ on impact of net zero policy updates, Plymouth establishes green bank so BNG requirements benefit the city, Masterplan promotes potential of Tamworth town centre and more stories...
Planning news - 12 October 2023 - 10 local planning authorities won’t be designated ‘at this time’, Sunak confirms cancellation of Northern leg of HS2, Survey: Local planning teams lack capacity to deliver strategic objectives and more stories...
Planning news - 28 September 2023 - New biodiversity laws set to secure big rise in natural habitat, Sunak pledges a spatial plan for energy infrastructure, Major Cardiff housing redevelopment makes progress and more stories...
Planning news - 21 September 2023 - Planning fees to be varied after Lords amendment, Court of Appeal grants permission for hearing into Sizewell C consent, Maclean orders Spelthorne against local plan withdrawal and more stories...
Planning news - 14 August 2023 - Averley tells councils to speed up decisions on tower block cladding, Home Office ordered to stop asylum camp over planning breaches, High Court scraps varied permission for solar farm and more stories...
Planning news - 7 August 2023 - Government to change water pollution rules to ease housebuilding, Councils plan for joint local plan, Claire Coutinho appointed as energy security secretary and more stories...
Planning news - 31 August 2023 - Affordable and extra care homes approved in Bridlington, Council revises local plan timetable owing to nutrient neutrality issues, Elmbridge submits local plan for examination and more stories...
Planning news - 17 August 2023 - 290 homes approved for Newham, More than 300 homes approved in Chippenham, Greater Manchester authorities to consider recommendations for spatial plan and more stories...
Planning news - 10 August 2023 - Successful planning appeals fall to lowest level in five years, Crown Estate trials zero-carbon homes, Greater Manchester transport partnership unveiled and more stories...
Planning news - 3 August 2023 - Government to introduce gateway assessments into plan-making, Homes England unveils £1 billion fund to unlock housing development, Hammersmith and Fulham Council launches housing repairs improvement plan and more stories...
Planning news - 27 July 2023 - Planning appeal service streamlined, £24m to increase planning capacity and PDR consultation published, Government outlines plans for regeneration and brownfield land funding and more stories...
Planning news - 20 July 2023 - Transport secretary grants DCO for A303 Stonehenge bypass, Council to pay £468,000 over Ryder Cup golf course development, Hornsea Four granted development consent and more stories...
Planning news - 13 July 2023 - Gove reaffirms 300,000 homes a year target, Pre-application trial begins for NSIPs, DCO granted for alternative energy facility in Lincolnshire. And more stories...
Planning news - 6 July 2023 - Tributes paid to 'highly effective' Bob Kerslake, LGA advocates for a national council housebuilding delivery task force, 95 inspectors joined PINS in the last year. And more stories...
Planning news - 29 June 2023 - Nearly £1.6m for councils to recruit planners, Sizewell C legal challenge fails, DCO granted for solar farm in Essex and more stories...
Planning news - 22 June 2023 - £10m to improve Traveller sites, Bill to safeguard scheduled monuments in Wales gains royal assent, Panel for Teesworks review announced and more stories...
Planning news - 15 June 2023 - Views sought on electricity upgrade project in Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, Leeds Bradford Airport in planning condition breach, Designation process for new national park in Wales gears up and more stories...
Planning news - 8 June 2023 - Bakerloo line backed by London councils, Outline permission sought for large housing scheme in South East, Construction begins on £200m Cambridge station and more stories...
Planning news - 1 June 2023 - Land-use task force required in the UK, Stockport names its partner for town centre scheme, Consultation begins on revised transport plan for the North and more stories...
Planning news - 25 May 2023 - Planning approval upturn gives positive outlook for industry pipeline, Government to review planning ‘barriers’ for farming, London boroughs launch infrastructure drive for capital’s growth and more stories...
Planning news - 18 May 2023 - Maclean announces student bursary for planning degrees, College improvements and homes plan submitted in Surrey, Council seeks developer for Cardiff Bay regeneration and more stories...
Planning news - 11 May 2023 - Decline in workload for SME housebuilding sector, Plans submitted for upgrade to Liverpool Street station, Record flood defence spending pledged in Wales and more stories...
Planning news - 4 May 2023 - Consultancy announced to deliver masterplan for scheme in Rugby, Wildlife charity to restore rainforest habitats, Economic blueprint published for Cardiff Capital Region and more stories...
Planning news - 27 April 2023 - Fourth phase of Trent Basin development approved, Permission sought for two schemes in Lancaster, 28 Public Practice associates to join local authorities and more stories...
Planning news - 19 April 2023 - 1,500 homes approved for garden town, DLUHC proposes planning permission requirement for short-term lets, Plans submitted for redevelopment of RAF Quedgeley and more stories...
Planning news - 12 April 2023 - Inquiry reopened into controversial prison, Council in the South East submits local plan, Land bought for Porthcawl waterfront regeneration and more stories...
Planning news - 30 March 2023 - National park to implement scheme to restore biodiversity, Planning Portal announces location plan creator tool, Cardiff City Council commits to £800m council house programme. And more stories...
Planning news - 23 March 2023 - Housing minister announces skills boost for planning authorities, Hunt announces 12 ‘refocused’ investment zones, Ports need adapting to deliver floating offshore wind, and more stories...
Planning news - 16 March 2023 - Money to deliver new building safety standards announced, Masterplan for Earls Court outlined, 8,500 garden village homes approved and more stories...
Planning news - 2 March 2023 - Mandatory BNG to apply from November 2023, Powys chicken farm permission paused over possible ministerial intervention, Court rules that appellant loses right to appeal if claiming bankruptcy and more stories...
Planning news - 9 March 2023 - Government proposes rise in planning fees, Supreme Court protects public green space after five-year legal battle, Luton Airport DCO submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and more stories...
Planning news - 23 February 2023 - South West council halts discussions on local plan, DCO granted for A47 dualling scheme near Peterborough, Wales ‘raises the bar’ on road building projects and more stories...
Planning news - 16 February 2023 - Khan orders second staircases for tall residential applications, Planning applications achieve 84 per cent success rate, London council seeks to create design panel, and more stories...
Planning news - 9 February 2023 - Government aims to create and restore 500,000 hectares of wildlife habitats, Framework for greener cities set out, Industrial estate plans approved in the Midlands. And more stories...
Planning news - 2 February 2023 - Darlington garden village gets £43 million, Government issues six-week cladding deadline to developers, Plans for regeneration of Oxpens site submitted and more stories...
Planning news - 26 January 2023 - Bidding for brownfield land funding open, £2.1bn in levelling-up funding shared across the UK, Teignbridge consults on local plan before examination submission, Mansfield consulting on two SPDs and more stories...
Planning news - 19 January 2023 - Plans for mixed-use scheme in Leeds submitted, Decision deadline for A47 scheme extended, Solar farm approved to power water treatment facility, and more stories...
Planning news - 12 January 2023 - Mandatory second staircases subject to consultation, New homes to have gigabit broadband, Plans submitted for 144ha site near Bognor Regis. And more stories...
Planning news - 5 January 2023 - Logistics plan launched for the North, PBSA accommodation plans submitted in Manchester, Stockport delays local plan consultation and more stories...
Planning news - 15 December 2022 - Fines paid by water companies to be ring-fenced for the environment, Decision deadline for A1 Northumberland scheme extended, Six Surrey councils sign up to newt protection scheme and more stories...
Planning news - 8 December 2022 - Nominate your 2023 Woman of Influence, Phase two of £32m LODES competition opens, Berkshire council votes to send local plan out to consultation and more stories...
Planning news - 1 December 2022 - Planning key to public health improvement, says Chris Whitty, Low-traffic neighbourhoods reduce pollution in surrounding streets, Plans unveiled to transform Derbyshire’s National Stone Centre and more stories...
Planning news - 24 November 2022 - A417 link road secures development consent, Development consent granted to TransPennine link roads, Government unveils funding to kick-start urban regeneration. And more stories...
Planning news - 17 November 2022 - Regeneration scheme in Blackpool gets levelling up cash, Permission sought for 2,200 homes in West Sussex, Go-ahead for Afan Valley adventure resort. And more stories...
Planning news - 10 November 2022 - 161,000 electric vehicle charge points needed across the North to support decarbonisation, Report: Gaps in policy make it tough to track buildings’ carbon output, Planning’s Traveller definition discriminates, rules Court of Appeal. And more stories...
Planning news - 3 November 2022 - FMB members support retrofitting UK homes, Football team and development firm join forces on regeneration project, Views sought on updating Leeds plan and more stories...
Planning news - 27 October 2022 - Injunction secured against illegal development in Cheshire, Housing secretary modifies two councils’ Article 4 directions, Strategic planning would boost economic growth and housebuilding, says CCN and more stories...
Planning news - 20 October 2022 - Developer fined £150k for unauthorised work in Barrow, Morley wins £24m from Towns Fund, Councils bid for investment zones and more stories...
Planning news - 13 October 2022 - Plans for Thames waterfront development submitted, Legal action threatened against freeholder for not fixing building defects, Resolution secured for Stowmarket housing plans and more stories...
Planning news - 5 October 2022 - Applications for investment zones open, More than 300 homes approved in Oxford, Oxford North’s masterplan for 480 homes was approved in March 2021 and more stories...
Planning news - 29 September 2022 - Gains in biodiversity not ‘comfortably achievable’, suggests survey, St Albans targets 2025 for local plan adoption, PAC planning appeals performance nosedives. And more stories...
Planning news - 22 September 2022 - Green belt designations rise for first time in eight years, Redrow calls for government to invest in planning, LDS scheme approved by Dover and more stories...
Planning news - 8 September 2022 - Plans unveiled for South West hydrogen hub, Bath and North East Somerset ponders local plan programme, Consultation launched on Oxford traffic filters. And more stories...
Planning news - 1 September 2022 - Investigation clears council planning committee, Newham seeks approval for £1bn masterplan of Stratford estate, Campaigners demand call-in of former ITV studio redevelopment and more stories...
Planning news - 25 August 2022 - New A428 dual carriageway in East of England granted development consent, Coventry seeks to limit HMOs, DCO granted for Manston Airport against Planning Inspectorate advice. And more stories...
Planning news - 18 August 2022 - LDO granted for manufacturing scheme, Primary school proposed for Leicestershire town, Team appointed to scope out new town for Devon and more stories...
Planning news - 11 August 2022 - Permission for Worthing homes quashed by High Court, Joint plan for Oxfordshire called off, Clark: Local plans must not be deemed unsound before new prime minister is announced and more stories...
Planning news - 4 August 2022 - Sunak pledges to block green belt development, Inspector approves Brighton and Hove plan, Government announces fund to level up parks and more stories...
Planning news - 28 July 2022 - DCO granted for Sizewell C against advice of the Planning Inspectorate, Evidence sought on plans to overcome landfill tax ‘burden’, Trans-Pennine DCO accepted by Planning Inspectorate and more stories...
Planning news - 21 July 2022 - PINS seeks to decide appeals ‘consistently faster’, Biodiversity crisis is an ‘existential risk’ to human survival, Surrey approves transport plan and more stories...
Planning news - 14 July 2022 - Councils can bid for money to prepare brownfield land for housing, Improvements to Stockport hospital approved, Land sold for Leicestershire garden village and more stories...
Planning news - 7 July 2022 - Homes England and GMCA form SPP partnership, Rural planning faces a plethora of challenges, finds research, Cabinet to consider modifications to Calderdale local plan and more stories...
Planning news - 30 June 2022 - Building safety measures come into force, West Midlands council takes enforcement action against developer, Local plan for Old Oak and Park Royal adopted. And more stories...
Planning news - 23 June 2022 - Year-on-year decline in planning application submissions continues, Hampshire council to consult on local plan due to ‘brutal housing targets’, Report: Not enough brownfield land capacity to meet housing demand. And more stories...
Planning news - 16 June 2022 - Transport body sets out collaborative approach to spatial planning, Nearly £100m for Bristol levelling-up project, Communities able to bid for levelling-up funding. And more stories...
Planning news - 9 June 2022 - Flood-risk video launched, Reuse and retrofit of buildings should be prioritised over new-build, Nearly 5,000 council homes started in London last year. And more stories...
Planning news - 26 May 2022 - Survey: Councillors want councils to move to hybrid way of holding meetings, Government pledges £15m for garden communities, 154 homes approved for Rochester development. And more stories...
Planning news - 19 May 2022 - Averley calls for help with environmental assessment reforms, Shapps backs second M25 development consent in a week, Affordable homes starts see big jump in London. And more stories...
Planning news - 12 May 2022 - Planning reforms to be folded into new Levelling up and Regeneration Bill, Guide on retrofitting published, Charity pledges to put nature in recovery by 2030. And more stories...
Planning news - 5 May 2022 - Built environment professionals seek to improve diversity, Second year of mentoring scheme launches, Plans for garden village near Tring submitted. And more stories...
Planning news - 28 April 2022 - Protected areas need radical change to aid nature’s recovery, M54 to M6 link road granted development consent, Industrial scheme on green belt and greenfield land refused. And more stories...
Planning news - 21 April 2022 - Developers agree funding for building safety repairs, Government announces £7.6m rail innovation competition, Guarded welcome for Welsh nuclear proposals in energy strategy. And more stories...
Planning news - 14 April - 1,000 homes to be built in South West over five years, Lincolnshire solar park granted consent, East Cardiff business park and rail station shape up. And more stories...
Planning news 7 April 2022 - Biodiversity emergency declared across Greater Manchester, Increasing rail capacity features in Midlands transport plan, Two offshore wind farms granted DCOs. And more stories...
Planning news - 31 March 2022 - Government launches Community Housing Fund, Cash for councils to address coastal erosion, Listed homes won't need permission for solar panels in London borough. And more stories...
Planning news - 24 March 2022 - Khan commits to Lord Kerslake’s recommendations to increase affordable housing delivery, Government publishes green paper to help it achieve nature goals, BPF sets out plans for a net-zero commitment. And more stories...
Planning news - 17 March 2022 - Local authorities to get cash boost to tackle air pollution, Council consults on climate change planning document, Carbon reduction measures should be led locally, suggests research. And more stories...
Planning news - 10 March 2022 - Permitted development laws revised for rural roll-out of 4G and 5G, Government must change approach to rural housing, Health test should be required for new development, academic suggests. And more stories...
Planning news - 3 March 2022 - Funding allocated for brownfield regeneration, London borough plans to block building amalgamations, Nearly 2,000 apartments get the go-ahead in Manchester. And more stories...
Planning News - 24 February 2022 - A legal right to nature should be part of levelling-up agenda, say campaigners, Developer ordered to pay £31,000 for ignoring enforcement notices, Court of Appeal dismisses Horse Hill legal challenge. And more stories...
Planning news - 17 February 2022 - Government to block planning permission if developers don't protect leaseholders, WMCA outlines £879m budget for 2022/23, £8.1bn green budget backed by Senedd Cymru. And more stories...
Planning news - 10 February 2022 - Government agency invests in Public Practice, ‘Little known’ rule should be used to protect local green spaces, Student accommodation approved for central London. And more stories...
Planning news - 3 February 2022 - Pincher sets out new planning appeal monitoring measures, Wolverhampton and Sheffield are first places to receive government levelling-up support, Cardiff city centre rejuvenation proposals promised. And more stories...
Planning news - 27 January 2022 - Study reveals build-to-rent sector is growing in the regions, Pandemic exacerbates decline in high street vacancy rates, RTPI Cymru suggests strengthening planning policy to promote local sustainable development. And more stories...
Planning news - 20 January 2022 - Government proposes to make it easier for leaseholders to own their home, Mid Wales Growth Deal is signed off, Second-home loophole to be closed in England. And more stories...
Planning news - 13 January 2022 - Survey finds 49 per cent of people feel their property is unsuitable for working from home, Welsh Budget boosts housing and green spending, Developers must devise plan to fix cladding crisis. And more stories...
Planning news - 6 January 2022 - English councils to share £53.9bn in funding, 19% increase in applications approved in year to September 2021, Redevelopment of key Cardiff city centre site shapes up. And more stories...

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