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The planning function has been ‘downgraded’ in over 80% of local authorities, town planners say.
County councils should have a larger role in planning to help meet the housing crisis, according to the findings of two reports published today.
Tiffany Cloynes explores the points councils should consider when bidding for new retail schemes.
The planning system contributed at least £2.35bn to Welsh society last year, according to town planners.
The Government’s ‘market-driven rhetoric’ is leading to the countryside being lost to housing at an ‘alarming rate’, campaigners warn.
Proposed changes to national planning guidelines would lead to a 'housebuilding free-for-all’, local government leaders have warned.
The Government has launched a raft of new measures, including a £1.6m fund, to help local authorities deal with shale gas drilling applications.
Planning experts have joined forces to offer councils practical advice on how to cope with climate change.
Planners have called on the Government to focus more on transport-oriented housing developments as study reveals only half of new housing is built within 2km of a train station.
Developers are on track to deliver the Government's objective of building one million new homes by 2020, according to their industry body.