Planning

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.

Councils urged to create new garden towns

15/08/2018

Councils are being urged to apply for a place on the government's garden communities programme.

Plan submitted for 2,500 new homes in York city centre

15/08/2018

York Central Partnership has submitted plans to transform one of the UK's largest city centre brownfield sites, creating 6,500 new jobs and up to 2,500 new homes.

London council to hold ballot on estate regeneration plans

01/08/2018

Kingston Council in south west London is to ask residents if they agree to plans for regeneration of their estate.

London mayor accused of ‘failing to reflect’ Whitehall housing policies

31/07/2018

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has accused London mayor Sadiq Khan of failing to reflect Government housing policy in his development strategy.

Revised planning framework ‘hugely disappointing’, council chiefs say

25/07/2018

Whitehall has ‘not listened’ to the concerns of local authorities when it comes to national housing targets, council leaders say.

Whitehall to consult on allowing ‘fracking’ without planning permission

20/07/2018

The Government yesterday launched a consultation on plans to allow drilling for shale gas to go ahead without planning permission.

NPPF: Where now for planning?

16/07/2018

Sam Dewar, who believes planning has become too impersonal and systematic, considers what’s likely to be included in changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Council appoints UK’s first newt officer

06/07/2018

The country’s first ever newt officer has been chosen by Central Bedfordshire Council to help protect great crested newts from developments.

Councils call for changes to affordable housing definition

02/07/2018

Councils have criticised proposed changes to government planning policy after ‘social rent’ homes were dropped from the definition of affordable housing.

Releasing the Green Belt?

28/06/2018

A recent planning decision has seen a Green Belt site in East London being deemed suitable for affordable housing development. Jesse Honey explores what implications this case could have for local authorities across the country.

Cuts are stopping councils from tackling unauthorised traveller sites, say planners

26/06/2018

Councils are prevented from dealing with unauthorised traveller sites because of the cost and complexity involved, according to planning experts.

New Town Development Corporations: an extra tool in the box

25/06/2018

Adrian Turner welcomes the launch of New Town Development Corporations, but outlines how some councils are already delivering housing at scale and pace.

Planning functions ‘downgraded’ by councils, planners warn

21/06/2018

The planning function has been ‘downgraded’ in over 80% of local authorities, town planners say.

Call for counties to have greater role in planning

20/06/2018

County councils should have a larger role in planning to help meet the housing crisis, according to the findings of two reports published today.

Local authorities and retail

19/06/2018

Tiffany Cloynes explores the points councils should consider when bidding for new retail schemes.

Planning contributes over £2.35bn to Welsh society, research finds

07/06/2018

The planning system contributed at least £2.35bn to Welsh society last year, according to town planners.

Green spaces are being lost to housing at ‘alarming rate’, campaigners say

04/06/2018

The Government’s ‘market-driven rhetoric’ is leading to the countryside being lost to housing at an ‘alarming rate’, campaigners warn.

Council chiefs warn of ‘housebuilding free-for-all’

25/05/2018

Proposed changes to national planning guidelines would lead to a 'housebuilding free-for-all’, local government leaders have warned.

Whitehall launches controversial new ‘fracking’ package

18/05/2018

The Government has launched a raft of new measures, including a £1.6m fund, to help local authorities deal with shale gas drilling applications.

Guide launched to help councils cope with climate change through planning

16/05/2018

Planning experts have joined forces to offer councils practical advice on how to cope with climate change.

Housing developments should be more ‘transport-oriented’, planners say

10/05/2018

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.

Planning permissions for over 350,000 new homes granted in 2017

03/05/2018

Developers are on track to deliver the Government's objective of building one million new homes by 2020, according to their industry body.

Local authorities should produce ‘wildlife recovery maps’, campaigners say

02/05/2018

Councils should be required by law to provide maps of local areas that are important for wildlife to help increase the extent and quality of natural habitats, charity says.

Planning and Ecology

01/05/2018

How can local authorities realize the environmental benefits required by new government legislation? Karen Colebourn reports.

Rural business ‘stifled’ by planning system, warn landowners

19/04/2018

Delays by local authority planning departments are viewed as a ‘barrier’ to economic growth and development in rural areas, survey reveals.

Data reveals 45% increase in completed build-to-rent homes

12/04/2018

Local authorities and developers have earmarked sites that can deliver more than 17,500 new build-to-rent homes, latest data has revealed.

Planning permission delays have ‘limited impact’ on housing supply

10/04/2018

Attaching automatic planning permission to housing land allocated in local plans would have ‘limited impact’ on increasing the supply of homes, new research reveals.

Government to review council powers over illegal traveller sites

05/04/2018

The Government is to review how local authorities can deal with unauthorised caravan sites and developments more effectively.

Three councils face intervention over local plans

26/03/2018

Three councils are facing government intervention over their failure to produce a local plan.

Planning laws should be reformed to protect commercial space, think tank says

21/03/2018

Major cities in the North and Midlands are growing rapidly, but the Government needs to take action to protect the commercial space driving this growth, think tank says.

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