Planning

Councils to be fully funded for coronavirus costs

18/03/2020

Councils in England will be fully funded for implementing measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the chancellor has confirmed.

Inspector rejects planning appeal over obesity concerns

13/03/2020

A government planning inspector has supported a council’s policy of restricting new hot food takeaways in areas of high obesity by rejecting a planning appeal made by KFC.

Jenrick outlines new proposals to reform planning process

12/03/2020

Developers will be able to demolish vacant buildings and turn them into new homes more quickly, under new proposals published today.

Jenrick orders council to go ahead with 28,500 homes despite local objections

05/03/2020

An Oxfordshire council has said it is ‘disappointed’ by the Government’s decision to order the local authority to build thousands of new homes.

Study reveals eight-year ‘time lag’ in delivery of large housing sites

26/02/2020

Large housing sites of 2,000-or-more take on average eight years to deliver their first home from submitting the initial planning application, study reveals.

Environment Agency chief executive calls for more flood resilience

25/02/2020

A new ‘twin track’ approach focused on better flood protection and resilience is needed to deal with the climate emergency, the chief executive of the Environment Agency says.

Time for planning appeals 'halved' since Rosewell Review

19/02/2020

The time taken to make decisions on planning appeals has halved since the publication of the Rosewel Review a year ago.

Councils demand extra planning powers

19/02/2020

Councils have called on the Government to use its White Paper to give them powers to take action on unbuilt land that has planning permission.

Cambridgeshire's new modular neighbourhood gets the green light

14/02/2020

Plans to build a new Fenland village and take forward the second phase of a new town in Cambridgeshire have been approved.

Council criticises proposed Holocaust memorial on environmental grounds

12/02/2020

Plans for a Holocaust memorial next to the Houses of Parliament contravenes planning rules on size, design and location, city council says.

Council stops Bristol Airport expansion

11/02/2020

North Somerset Council has rejected a planning application to expand Bristol Airport due to concerns over its impact on the environment.

Permitted development ‘doesn’t work’ and needs an overhaul, architects say

10/02/2020

Permitted development requirements should be extended to ensure new buildings contribute to the wellbeing of residents, an architectural firm has said.

Council ‘disappointed’ by decision to grant traveller camp planning permission

06/02/2020

East Herts Council has said that it is ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision of a planning inspector to grant permission for travellers to remain on land where they set up an unauthorised camp.

Councils to fast track 'beautiful buildings'

30/01/2020

Councils will be encouraged to speed up the planning process for ‘beautiful buildings’ through a new ‘Fast Track for Beauty’ rule.

New guidelines are failing to boost number of homes, research finds

24/01/2020

Measures designed to boost housebuilding by councils have actually had the opposite effect, according to planning consultants’ Lichfields.

Councils 'coming up short' in helping self-builders, say campaigners

22/01/2020

Campaigners have accused some councils of using 'dirty tricks' to stop people from building their own home.

Council abandons joint housing plan after inspectors question its ‘soundness’

20/01/2020

A third west of England council has voted to withdraw from a joint regional plan for housing and growth.

Think tank warns red tape is ‘strangling’ the high street

17/01/2020

National planning guidelines and local plans are failing to revitalise the high street, a new report by a think tank has warned.

Former housing minister warns of ‘a new generation of slum housing’

16/01/2020

A former housing minister has warned that national planning policy needs ‘a radical rethink’ in order to promote the wellbeing of communities.

Council approves £1m transit traveller site

16/01/2020

Wolverhampton Council has approved plans for a new transit site for the traveller and gypsy community.

Rutland approves its first ever McDonald’s

15/01/2020

Rutland will no longer be the only county in England not to have a McDonald’s, after councillors approved plans for new restaurant on the outskirts of Oakham.

Over 1,000 ancient woodlands at risk from ‘built development’, charity says

15/01/2020

The number of ancient woods under threat in the UK from built development has topped the thousand mark for the first time in two decades, charity warns.

Council chiefs call for permitted development right to be ‘scrapped’

13/01/2020

Local authority leaders have warned that communities are potentially losing out on thousands of affordable homes due to office conversions which bypass local planning offices.

Council ‘vows’ to defend local plan

09/01/2020

Sevenoaks District Council has vowed not to withdraw its draft local plan despite continued pressure from the planning inspector who they accuse of ‘ignoring evidence’.

Council aims to make York city centre ‘car free’

02/01/2020

York city centre could become a ‘car free’ zone as part of a council effort to make the city carbon neutral by 2030.

Welsh government bans combustible cladding

23/12/2019

Welsh government has banned the use of combustible cladding on high rise buildings following the Hackitt review into fire safety after the Grenfell tragedy.

Maximising the benefits of One Public Estate

18/12/2019

Donna Heath says a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

Garden Communities set to deliver over 400,000 homes

09/12/2019

Garden city developments are set to deliver over 400,000 new homes, the equivalent to a city the size of Birmingham, new research has revealed.

£131m sea defences given the go-ahead

05/12/2019

Permission for sea defences in Portsmouth has been granted in what has been described as an ‘important milestone’ for the city's flood protection measures.

Planning system is ‘failing’ children’s rights, says report

29/11/2019

The planning system is neglecting the rights and needs of children, a new report has warned today.

Sunderland receives £100m ‘vote of confidence'

22/11/2019

Sunderland City Council’s city centre masterplan has received a massive boost from a £100m deal with Legal & General.

Survey warns housing developments are 'built too quickly'

21/11/2019

Planners and developers are failing to consider the infrastructure needed to support new house building, according to a report produced with the help of architects.

Planners call for stronger direction to tackle climate change

18/11/2019

Stronger direction from the Government and more resources are needed to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, according to town planners.

Council approves Santander’s £75m campus

21/10/2019

Sefton Council has formally approved plans for a multi-million pound investment to create a state-of-the-art campus in Bootle.

Only 10% of recent homes built on the Green Belt are 'affordable'

14/10/2019

Only one in ten homes built on land released from the Green Belt over the past decade are considered ‘affordable’, a new report has found.

Ashford BC’s local plan ‘legally sound’, court rules

11/10/2019

The High Court has rejected a case brought against Ashford Borough Council’s local plan, which the court concluded was legally ‘sound’.

Oxford to lose out on millions due to planning rule changes

03/10/2019

Oxford City Council has warned that the city could lose out on hundreds of new council houses due to changes in the national framework which guides planning policy.

Councils vs network operators?

01/10/2019

The Electronic Communications Code reduces red tape, but in doing so it cuts the potential revenue property owners stand to make and risks pitting local authorities against operators. Zoe Wright reports.

Councils attack plans to extend permitted development rules

01/10/2019

The Government has announced plans to extend permitted development rules to allow developers to convert commercial buildings into homes without planning permission.

Council chiefs warn ‘boom’ in barn conversions undermines local planning

23/09/2019

Local leaders have called for scrapping of the permitted development right after new figures suggest rural developments might be missing out on vital services.

Funding boost for councils to crack down on illegal green belt development

13/09/2019

Councils will receive nearly £2m to help tackle illegal development on the green belt.

Approval given for Jaguar Land Rover's ‘logistics campus’

05/09/2019

Planners have given the go-ahead for a new distribution centre in the East Midlands.

Who’s planning for more?

04/09/2019

One year on from the launch of the new National Planning Policy Framework planning, Sophie Innes has concerns about its progress.

Lawyers warn 100 local authorities over climate change plans

02/09/2019

Environmental lawyers have threatened legal action against 100 local authorities across England unless they introduce new climate change plans.

New rules to increase housing deal transparency

02/09/2019

Councils will be legally required to publish deals with housing developers after new rules were introduced.

Scottish councils face up to £59m planning costs

28/08/2019

The Planning Act could cost councils in Scotland up to £59m over the next 10 years in new burdens.

Councils accused of ‘restricting’ retail to residential conversions

23/08/2019

Local authorities are preventing developers from converting retail space into residential property because of scepticism over ‘Permitted Development Rights’, a private wealth law firm says.

City of London publishes UK’s ‘first’ wind microclimate guidelines

20/08/2019

The City of London has published the UK’s first wind microclimate guidelines for new development proposals in the Square Mile in an effort to keep cyclists safe.

280,000 approved homes not completed

09/08/2019

The number of planning permissions granted far outweighs the number of completions, according to new research.

Welsh Government sets out development vision for next 20 years

07/08/2019

A new planning framework for Wales will aim to produce more council housing and increase the use of renewable energy.

Cuadrilla asks for ‘additional time’ to frack in Lancashire

06/08/2019

The fracking company Cuadrilla has written to Lancashire County Council requesting ‘additional time’ for drilling at the contested Preston New Road site.

Councils flout ancient woodland protections, campaigners say

01/08/2019

One year on from strengthened protection for ancient woodland in England, local planners are still 'failing to safeguard' the habitat, the Woodland Trust has claimed.

Move to ban 'poor doors' in new housing developments

22/07/2019

The segregation of social housing residents in mixed-tenure developments will be banned under new measures announced by the Government.

The biodiversity challenge

17/07/2019

Alex Robinson explains lessons for councils and their partners from Oxford City Council and Grosvenor’s approach at their Barton Park development.

Permitted developments in danger of becoming ‘the new slum housing’

16/07/2019

Half of local authorities in England think homes created using permitted development rights could threaten people’s health and wellbeing.

Say ‘no to ugliness’, commission tells planners

10/07/2019

Councils should 'say no to ugliness' in their planning decisions, according to a report commissioned by the Government.

Planning system 'fuelling' North-South divide, says think tank

11/06/2019

The current planning system is increasing the North-South divide, according to a think tank.

Protecting town centres

10/06/2019

Debenhams CVA: Josh Myerson and Andrew Haughey explain what councils and local authorities can do to protect their town centres.

Auditors urges planning services to improve capacity and resilience

06/06/2019

Planning services in Wales are struggling against funding cuts and a lack of resources, according to the official auditor.

Better planning needed to make Northern Powerhouse ‘effective’

30/05/2019

Joined-up planning is needed to make the Northern Powerhouse effective, according to an expert report.

‘Permitted development’ undermines local planning, council chiefs say

28/05/2019

Local authority leaders have criticised the Government’s decision to allow homeowners and businesses to extend their properties without going through local planning departments.

We need a national bus strategy, MPs say

22/05/2019

Bus services are in 'steady decline' due to uncoordinated, fragmented Government policy and local funding, according to influential MPs.

London council budgets slashed 17% over last decade

13/05/2019

London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth – or 17% – per head over the last eight years, a new study has revealed.

Malthouse launches £8.5m to support neighbourhood plans

13/05/2019

Minister of state for housing Kit Malthouse launched a multi-million pound fund at the weekend to help voluntary groups deliver thousands of discounted homes.

Deal signed to deliver 3,000 new homes in Nottinghamshire

09/05/2019

Rushcliffe Borough Council has welcomed a new deal that will see thousands of new homes delivered in Nottinghamshire.

Whitehall ‘unwilling’ to help the high street, committee says

08/05/2019

The Government is ‘unwilling’ to give high streets a ‘fighting chance’ in the battle with online retailers, a select committee has concluded.

New housing should meet 10 safety principles, planners say

03/05/2019

Planners have called for new legislation that would help tackle concerns over poor-quality housing.

Peers call for strategies to develop ‘under-performing’ rural areas

29/04/2019

Local authorities should develop their own strategies for realising the ‘potential in struggling and under-performing’ rural areas, committee says.

Airspace development - the way up for affordable housing?

26/03/2019

Deborah Rowntree explores how airspace development can revolutionise affordable housing.

Planners ‘must do more’ to protect people from pollution

28/02/2019

The Government's health advisers say planning authorities must make sure new building projects protect people from air pollution.

UK Franchise calls for high street reform in 2019

19/02/2019

Mathnasium urges landlords and planning departments to modernise planning policy.

Planning appeals could be slashed by five months

12/02/2019

Decisions on planning appeal inquiries could be made five months faster under proposals published today.

Planning system ‘underperforming’, auditors say

08/02/2019

The Government’s planning system is ‘underperforming’ and struggling to deliver on its aim of building 300,000 homes a year, auditors have found.

Austerity undermines planners ability to ‘serve public interest’, report says

04/02/2019

Central Government cuts have eroded the ability of local planners to think strategically about planning and to ‘serve the public interest’, research has revealed.

A quarter of councils yet to submit a Local Plan

24/01/2019

A quarter of local authorities have yet to submit a Local Plan six years after being required to act, new research has revealed.

Council limits permitted development rights to protect office space

21/01/2019

Islington Council has saved hundreds of thousands of square metres worth of office space from being converted into expensive homes.

The top ten things for local government to be aware of in 2019

11/01/2019

2019 looks set to be a year of interesting challenges and opportunities for local government. Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy offer their predictions for the year ahead.

Councils approve planning applications at ‘fastest rate’ in a decade

04/01/2019

Local authorities are approving planning applications at their fastest rate in over a decade, a homelessness charity has revealed.

Council debates banning drones

04/01/2019

Coventry City Council is considering banning the use of drones on council land due to concerns over privacy and noise pollution.

Birmingham approves 1,400 homes for Commonwealth Games

21/12/2018

Birmingham City Council has approved the planning application for the accommodation for Commonwealth athletes.

Reading ‘disappointed’ after Wokingham rejects £20m scheme

14/12/2018

Wokingham councillors have rejected plans for a £20m riverside travel route connecting two boroughs due to its ‘sensitive location’.

Developers may be forced to make 'biodiversity net gain'

03/12/2018

Developers will have to improve habitats for wildlife under new rules proposed by environment secretary Michael Gove.

Permitted development rules are exacerbating affordable housing crisis, councils warn

27/11/2018

Government rules to allow developers to convert offices into housing without planning permission has led to communities missing out on 10,000 affordable homes in the past three years, council leaders have warned

Former minister calls for end to ‘toxic’ permitted development

19/11/2018

The planning system is failing to address public concerns in its current state, a former housing minister has said.

More than 2,000 villages denied affordable homes warn campaigners

19/11/2018

More than 2,000 villages are being prevented from allowing new affordable homes to be built because they are classified as 'unsustainable', according to campaigners.

New commission to ‘champion’ beauty in building

05/11/2018

A new commission has been launched by the Government to champion’ design and style in the building of new homes.

Budget 2018: Letwin calls for new approach to large sites

29/10/2018

Local authorities with high housing demand should be given the freedom to allocate land as single large sites and have the clear statutory powers to control the development of such sites, an independent review has concluded.

Councils given access to satellite images for planning

26/10/2018

Local authorities are to receive free access to thousands of high-resolution satellite images of Britain which will help in areas such as planning and development.

Housing development to result in loss of Birmingham-sized area of countryside

26/10/2018

Campaigners are warning that a proposal to build one million houses between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge would result in the loss of an area of countryside larger than Birmingham.

‘Deep flaws’ in planning system driving car-dependency

24/10/2018

The planning system is leaving new housing developments without adequate walking, cycling and public transport connections, transport organisation warns.

Khan launches £10m fund to ‘boost’ planning teams

19/10/2018

The mayor of London today launched a multi-million pound fund aimed at boosting the housing and planning teams in the capital’s local authorities.

Builders warn new mapping tool fails to tell 'full brownfield story'

18/10/2018

Building companies have cast doubt on research showing a million new homes could be built on undeveloped brownfield sites.

Councils failing to plan for 'last mile' logistics, survey finds

18/10/2018

Only a small minority of local authorities have plans to support the 'last mile' stage of online shopping deliveries, according to a new report.

Councils must ‘act now’ to tackle carbon emissions

09/10/2018

Councils must ensure all plans have carbon-reduction targets, charity says after report warns global warming will lead to ‘unprecedented changes' in society.

Landowners make £13bn profit every year just for getting planning permission, says report

19/09/2018

Housing campaigners are demanding action over huge profits being made by developers just by gaining planning permission for land they have bought.

Councils often fail to explain planning decisions, LGO says

13/09/2018

Local authorities frequently fail to explain the reasons behind planning decisions, Ombudsman says as he publishes guidance for planners.

Councils should benefit from land value ‘uplift’, MPs say

13/09/2018

Increases in land value that result from policy decisions should be shared with councils and should not just go into the pockets of developers, MPs say.

Westminster CC forced to play phone box ‘whack-a-mole’

07/09/2018

Westminster City Council has called for greater powers to reject planning applications for new phone boxes.

Over 6,000 houses nearly blocked due to councillor objections

23/08/2018

Over 6,000 new homes will now be built after councillors’ objections were overturned on appeal, planning consultants have found.

Permission granted for ‘fracking’ site despite council’s opposition

17/08/2018

A planning application to explore underground shale gas reserves in Derbyshire has been given a green light despite objections from the county council.

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