Planning

Welsh councils to get new powers over second homes

05/07/2022

Welsh councils will be given new powers to limit the number of second homes in their community under plans revealed by the First Minister.

Sizewell C and NSIPs through a local lens

01/07/2022

Cllr Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council, looks at Sizewell C and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) from a local perspective.

Campaigners call for ’20-minute neighbourhoods’ to cut emissions

28/06/2022

All new homes should be within 10 minutes’ walk from shops and schools if the UK is to reduce its carbon emissions, sustainable transport campaigners say.

Social housing providers still need more support to tackle planning delay

27/06/2022

Jonathan Pearson warns the country’s 'slow and cumbersome' planning process is currently preventing local authorities from adequately responding to housing need.

Portsmouth council opposes £1.2bn electric cable

22/06/2022

Portsmouth City Council is formally opposing plans to build a £1.2bn electricity interconnector between Portsmouth and Normandy in France.

The speed of biodiversity net gain adoption in Local Plans

22/06/2022

New research has analysed the current uptake biodiversity net gain among all of the 322 English Local Planning Authorities. Kieron Gregson reports.

Brownfield land unable to meet housing need alone, report finds

17/06/2022

Building on brownfield land only has the capacity to deliver around a third of the new homes needed over the next 15 years, a new report has found.

Councils ‘bitterly disappointed’ by oil drilling decision

09/06/2022

The Government has been criticised for granting permission for oil drilling to go ahead on a site in Surrey against the county council’s wishes.

Council submits plans for £12m solar farm

07/06/2022

West Berkshire Council has submitted plans for a £12m solar farm that could generate enough electricity each year to heat over 7,000 homes.

Creating a Green Infrastructure Masterplan

07/06/2022

William Eichler finds out how a new toolkit is helping local decision makers transform Birmingham city centre into a greener, safer and healthier place to live.

Nine ways to create a good design code

23/05/2022

Jane Dann outlines the nine steps that local authorities can take to get a good code in place.

The need for Green Belt reform

20/05/2022

With only four references to the Green Belt in the Levelling Up White Paper, Karen Charles asks if a change to the Green Belt is inevitable?

Levelling Up Bill to ‘empower local people’ published

12/05/2022

The Government has published the levelling up Bill which promises to transform struggling towns and support local leaders have more control of regeneration.

Queen's Speech: Levelling up bill unveiled for planning reform

10/05/2022

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed a levelling up Bill will include legislation on planning and regeneration reform.

Over 18,000 affordable houses lost due to permitted development rights

09/05/2022

Council chiefs have called for an end to permitted development rights to ensure that all conversions contribute to the delivery of affordable homes.

New Bill to put beauty at the heart of planning, says Gove

08/05/2022

The Queen’s Speech is set to include a new bill to revamp planning and kick start housebuilding, levelling up secretary Michael Gove has revealed.

Energy strategy to bring about planning overhaul

07/04/2022

The Government is to reform planning regulations in the hope of boosting the nation’s energy supply.

Harborough DC rejects prison plans after protests

07/04/2022

Harborough DC has rejected Ministry of Justice plans to build a prison on the grounds that it would ‘adversely impact’ the character of the area.

Only a quarter of councils published EV strategies

07/04/2022

Only a quarter of local authorities in the UK have published electric vehicle (EV) transition strategies, a freedom of information (FOI) request has revealed.

Three councils win competition to digitise planning services

07/04/2022

Three councils have won a competition to explore how geospatial technology can digitise the planning process.

Council wins planning case against unauthorised caravan site

06/04/2022

Cheshire East Council has won a planning appeal in the case of an unauthorised caravan site set up on green belt land.

City planning should be based on ‘health first principle’

05/04/2022

The UK’s planning system should be reformed to follow a ‘health first principle’, according to a new report.

Reaching net zero impossible without national planning policy changes

25/03/2022

Reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is impossible without urgent changes to national planning policy, countryside campaigners say.

It’s time to digitally transform planning in the UK

22/03/2022

Glen Ocskó explains why digitising the planning system would increase accessibility and transparency.

A further 28 projects share funding to modernise planning system

22/03/2022

Over 30 councils have received funding to use digital technology to make the planning system more open and accessible.

Cap parking provision at one space per property, charity says

14/03/2022

A charity has called for car parking provision at new housing developments to be capped at a maximum of one space per property.

Twenty-five areas awarded £3m to create local design standards

11/03/2022

Twenty-five areas across England have been awarded a share of £3m by the Government to help them set their own standards for design locally.

Planning laws reformed to speed up 5G roll-out

07/03/2022

Government has announced reforms that will enable mobile network operators to make new and existing phone masts up to five metres taller and two metres wider.

A blueprint partnership for success

18/02/2022

Richard Pearce argues that while working partnerships between developers and councils take time and effort, it does pays off.

Edinburgh seeks new powers to control short term lets

18/02/2022

The City of Edinburgh Council is looking to become a short term let (STL) control area.

Campaigners warn planning system is 'destroying nature'

14/02/2022

The RSPB has called for urgent reforms to the planning system, arguing it is failing to protect nature in its current form.

Essex council loses control of major planning decisions

09/02/2022

The Government has taken control of making decisions on major planning applications from Uttlesford District Council.

Approval for 4,000 homes in new Cambridgeshire town

03/02/2022

Planning approval and funding has been granted for the next phase of the largest new town since Milton Keynes.

Airport expansion ‘flies in the face’ of democracy

03/02/2022

The leader of North Somerset Council has expressed his ‘extreme disappointment’ at a decision to allow the expansion of Bristol Airport.

Call to give local parks the same protection as national parks

02/02/2022

Local parks in poorer neighbourhoods are less likely to be protected from development than those in more affluent areas, new research has revealed.

Calls for a national tall buildings policy

24/01/2022

A charity has called for a new tall buildings policy to stop high-rises undermining the form and character of cities.

Councils chosen to pilot planning schemes

12/01/2022

People living in deprived and urban areas will be encouraged to engage more with the planning system under new schemes being piloted by 11 councils.

Developments expected to deliver 10% boost to biodiversity

11/01/2022

The Government has launched a consultation that aims to ensure wildlife can be better protected and enhanced in future developments.

Fund planners to solve housing crisis - Lords

07/01/2022

Peers have said council planning departments must be better resourced to prevent an ‘emerging crisis’.

Nottingham council approves Trent cycle bridge

24/12/2021

Nottingham councillors have approved a location for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Trent following a recent public consultation.

Council gives green light to solar farm

22/12/2021

South Oxfordshire District Council has given the green light to plans for a new solar farm despite objections that it would disrupt public rights of way.

The greenfield / brownfield debate

20/12/2021

David Churchill, partner, Carter Jonas London examines the ongoing greenfield / brownfield debate.

Council withdraws CPO over problems with Beam Park Station

08/12/2021

Havering Council has decided to withdraw a compulsory purchase order (CPO) due to doubts over the future of plans to build a new station.

Counties call for strategic planning model

08/12/2021

County councils are facing 'excessive' pressures on their infrastructure due to housing development, according to a new report.

What are Biodiversity Net Gains?

02/12/2021

Paul Beaney explains how local authorities can prepare for Biodiversity Net Gain, which is slated to become law in 2023.

Gove warned of climate change floods risk

22/11/2021

Local government secretary Michael Gove was today urged to align UK housing policy with climate change.

Undeveloped brownfield at record levels, charity finds

18/11/2021

The amount of undeveloped brownfield land suitable for housing in England has hit a record high, according to new research.

Bucks takes dispute over HS2 lorry routes to court

15/11/2021

Buckinghamshire Council has issued High Court challenges against six decisions by the Planning Inspectorate in a dispute over lorry routes for HS2 construction.

Shapps outlines planning reforms for better lorry parking

09/11/2021

Planning reforms will help deliver more lorry parking and better services in lorry parks, the secretary of transport has said.

Government must engage with councils on climate action

29/10/2021

MPs have called for the Government to ‘immediately’ begin working with councils on setting out their role in reducing carbon emissions.

Councils selected for £1m digital engagement trials

25/10/2021

Thirteen local areas are to share £1m of Government funding as part of an initiative to boost public engagement with the planning process through digital innovations.

Report calls for communities to be given more power over planning

25/10/2021

Local people should have more decision-making powers over new developments in their neighbourhoods, a report for a think tank has argued.

Wokingham council gives green light to Hollywood-style film studios

21/10/2021

Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee has given the go ahead for film and television studios at a site in Shinfield.

Plans for new children's hospital submitted to Cambridge City Council

12/10/2021

Plans for the first dedicated children’s hospital in the East of England have been submitted to Cambridge City Council.

Are we missing a trick? How Brownfield can unlock levelling up

06/10/2021

Matthew Farrow outlines a series of proposals to encourage brownfield development

Access to nature should 'be set in law'

05/10/2021

A legally binding target to ensure everyone has access to nature should be introduced into planning law, a new report has argued today.

Report calls for new 'greenfield surcharge' on developments

29/09/2021

A 'greenfield surcharge' should be introduced to help encourage brownfield development, according to a new report.

From the millennium bug to online only: How planning systems have changed in 20 years

28/09/2021

Tim Bartlett reflects on his first days in the job implementing a new planning system, and how that very same planning system has continuously improved, updated and adapted over the last 20 years.

Council set to block ‘undemocratic’ PDRs

23/09/2021

Reading Borough Council is set to block the use of permitted development rights (PDRs) which it describes as ‘undemocratic’ and responsible for ‘substandard accommodation’.

Blackpool Council threatens action over plans to house hundreds of asylum seekers in hotel

10/09/2021

Blackpool Council has warned planning permission will be required to use Metropole Hotel to house hundreds of asylum seekers.

Council forced to quash planning decisions made in error

09/09/2021

A Kent council has launched an investigation after five planning applications were accidentally approved during testing of software.

Meeting new planning requirements for trees

07/09/2021

Concrete block permeable paving offers an important opportunity to help satisfy the requirement for extensive tree planting and retention of existing trees in developments. Chris Hodson reports.

Government to consult on al fresco dining and pop-ups

06/09/2021

The Government has launched a public consultation on planning reforms that could give a boost to outdoor dining and pop-up markets.

Council chiefs warn rural communities risk missing out on vital services

31/08/2021

Rural areas are at risk of missing out on vital services due to a surge in the number of barns being converted into homes, local authority leaders have warned.

Report attacks councils’ ‘shameful’ undermining of Right to Build laws

23/08/2021

Some authorities have been ‘subverting’ legislation designed to encourage self-built homes, an independent report has found.

Croydon returns to drawing board on regeneration plans

17/08/2021

The council maintains delayed plans to develop a Westfield shopping centre are going ahead, despite planning permission for the development having expired.

Consultation on Greater Manchester development plan launched

10/08/2021

Residents of Greater Manchester were yesterday urged to take part in an eight-week public consultation on a new joint development plan for homes and jobs.

Planning policy, a logistical nightmare

09/08/2021

Consultancy Turley's Andrea Kellegher looks at how the industrial sector could drive economic recovery if councils could increase logistics land delivery.

Council agrees land deal for Eden Project North

06/08/2021

Lancaster City Council has agreed to transfer land for the £125m Eden Project North.

Jenrick primes inspectors for planning changes despite growing revolt

06/08/2021

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has written to the chief of the Planning Inspectorate amid growing fears over a revolt over planning proposals.

Planning requirements on fire safety come into force

03/08/2021

New planning requirements on fire safety, known as planning gateway one, came into force this week.

Planning reforms 80% of shops on high streets could be lost

02/08/2021

New research has warned 80% of shops and other commercial premises on high streets across England could be lost under the expansion of permitted development rights.

Tighter planning rules to protect communities from flood risk

29/07/2021

Councils should ensure all planning applications made in flood risk areas are referred to ministers for approval, under new guidance published today.

Residents call for say in local housing developments

27/07/2021

Councils are calling for the removal of permitted development rights, warning they prevent local residents from commenting and objecting to developments.

Councils ‘resistant’ to repurposing empty commercial space

20/07/2021

A think tank has accused local authorities of being ‘resistant’ to measures that could see empty retail spaces repurposed for housing.

Trees: The critical role of local authorities to protect and expand the urban forest

09/07/2021

Sue James explains how local authorities can ensure trees on both public and private land are protected and that urban canopy cover is increased where needed.

Reed accuses government of dropping devolution

07/07/2021

Shadow communities secretary Steve Reed has accused the Government of dropping its commitment to devolution.

Green light for UK's first gigaplant

07/07/2021

The UK's first battery gigaplant has been given planning permission by Northumberland County Council.

Councils urged to create 10-20 year plans

06/07/2021

Councils with a ‘credible’ local plan will be given extra powers and freedoms, the community secretary said today.

England’s first land commission publishes ‘radical proposals’ for land use

06/07/2021

England’s first commission to review the use of land for community wealth building has called for all land use to be directed towards achieving social well-being and environmental sustainability.

Three councils to test simplified planning apps

01/07/2021

Three councils have designed and are now testing two apps designed to speed up planning applications for housing extensions.

Housing and planning take centre stage at GeoPlace’s annual conference

28/06/2021

Over 879 people registered to attend this year’s GeoPlace’s 2021 conference, taking advantage of an online format that enabled delegates to interact with speakers presenting on this year’s theme, ‘Places for People’.

Councils urged to support ‘pop up’ campsites this summer

28/06/2021

The Government is urging local authorities to support the extension of ‘pop-up’ campsites across England this summer to help meet the surge in demand for staycations.

District urges Government to rethink Stansted Airport expansion plans

11/06/2021

The planning inspectorate’s decision to allow an appeal over the expansion of Stansted Airport has been branded an ‘insult to local democracy’ by the leader of Uttlesford District Council.

MPs call for councils to be given more powers to tackle ‘land banking’

10/06/2021

Local authorities should be granted more powers to act where developers are too slow in completing sites they have planning permission for, MPs say.

Oxford-Cambridge Arc: environment actions not rhetoric

04/06/2021

Cllr Bridget Smith outlines the five Principles that will turn the Ox-Cam region into a ‘Green Arc.’

Developers challenge accusations of 'land banking'

02/06/2021

A new report challenges the Local Government Association’s (LGA) claim that the housing crisis is largely down to a reluctance by developers to build and argues that the real problem is a shortage of planning permissions.

10 councils chosen to pilot digital planning tools

02/06/2021

The use of digital tools in the planning process will be tested by 10 councils as part of a Government pilot.

Report calls for greater council powers to protect future of high street

26/05/2021

Councils and local communities should be given more power to decide the future of their high streets, a new report has argued today.

Councils given £50,000 to develop design codes

24/05/2021

Planners have welcomed the Government’s announcement that 14 local authorities will be given £50,000 each to develop new design codes but called for more funds for local planning teams.

Scrap permitted development rights, council chiefs say

17/05/2021

Office blocks left empty following the pandemic risk being turned into substandard housing because of permitted development rights (PDRs), council chiefs say.

Queen’s Speech: New law to ‘modernise’ planning system

11/05/2021

The Government has pledged to push ahead with reforms to the planning system in order to meet house-building targets.

Queen's Speech: No social care solution in sight

11/05/2021

The Queen’s Speech has said proposals on social care reform will be brought forward – but it fell short of a commitment to legislation in this Parliament.

Over 1.1 million homes with planning permission waiting to be built, LGA finds

10/05/2021

Council chiefs are calling for more powers to incentivise developers to build more quickly as new figures reveal over a million homes are waiting to be built.

Queen's speech: PM's 'live local and prosper' promise

09/05/2021

Levelling up, boosting the economy and backing the NHS are set to be the priorities for Tuesday’s Queen’s speech.

Planning reform will lead to ‘tide of car traffic’, campaigners say

06/05/2021

Ten organisations have written to housing secretary Robert Jenrick urging changes to proposed planning reforms which they argue will lead to a ‘tide of car traffic’ to already overcrowded roads.

Government's housing test is 'toothless', consultancy claims

28/04/2021

Government measures to push councils into meeting their housing targets are ‘toothless’, a development consultancy has claimed.

Funds unveiled to support uptake of neighbourhood planning

26/04/2021

The Government is urging local planning authorities to apply for funding or take part in a pilot project to boost the uptake of neighbourhood planning.

Housing reforms should help SMEs obtain land, think tank says

15/04/2021

There should be less focus on planning permissions and more reforms helping SME house builders access land, report says.

Eastleigh BC permits airport expansion planning application

12/04/2021

Eastleigh Borough Council has decided to permit the planning application to extend Southampton Airport’s runway.

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