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Airports Commission mulls new capacity at Heathrow and Gatwick

The Airports Commission review has concluded that there is a need for one additional runway to be in operation in the south east of the UK by 2030.

18 December 2013

Councils' £2bn reward for providing 550,000 homes

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has published details of the latest New Homes Bonus payments being made to England’s 353 councils, in recognition of their contribution to building new homes.

18 December 2013

Nuclear waste facility plan appeal lost

An appeal by environmental services company Endecom Ltd over a plan to develop a facility to bury up to a million tonnes of low and very low-level radioactive waste in Cumbria has been dismissed.

18 December 2013

Shale oil and gas regulatory roadmap published

The Government has published a regulatory roadmap for shale oil and gas developers along with a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) report for consultation.

18 December 2013

Consultation starts on new rules for listed buildings

Proposals which streamline the regulatory burden for owners of listed buildings are now out for public consultation as a result of measures set out in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.

18 December 2013

News round-up 18 December 2013

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18 December 2013

Autumn Statement round-up

Last week’s Autumn Statement by Chancellor George Osborne revealed the Government’s appetite for further planning reforms and initiatives.

12 December 2013

Government confirms move to tighten regime for village greens

The Government has announced it will press ahead with proposed amendments to the arrangements for registering new town and village greens.

12 December 2013

Changes needed to two local plans

A planning inspector has recommended that Mid Sussex District Council withdraw its draft District Plan from examination after finding that the planning authority has not complied with its duty to co-operate under the Localism Act.

12 December 2013

Large part of Northumberland wins dark sky designation

A large area of Northumberland has been named as home to the largest area of protected night sky in Europe.

12 December 2013

Devon urban extension proposed by landowners including Damien Hirst

David Lock Associates has submitted an outline planning application to North Devon Council on behalf of local landowners - including artist Damien Hirst - for a southerly expansion of the town.

12 December 2013

News round-up 12 December 2013

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12 December 2013

New infrastructure plan published by Government

A new national infrastructure plan containing information on over £375bn of planned public and private sector infrastructure investment has been announced by the Government.

5 December 2013

Housing consents on the up

UK residential planning approvals have risen by a third compared to last year according to latest industry data compiled for the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

5 December 2013

Major housing projects fall foul of neighbourhood plans

Two sets of Midlands councillors have refused separate major housing schemes because of concern the developments would prejudice emerging neighbourhood plans.

5 December 2013

Welsh Government issues draft Planning Bill

The Welsh Government has issued its draft Planning Bill for consultation.

5 December 2013

Lancashire housing scheme refused because of poor design

Plans by Persimmon Homes for a development of just over 200 homes at Knotts Drive south of Colne, Lancashire, have been dismissed on appeal on design grounds.

5 December 2013

News round-up 5 December 2013

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5 December 2013

High-speed rail legislation published

The Government has introduced the legislation required for its proposed new high speed rail project, known as HS2.

28 November 2013

New Marine Conservation Zones designated

The designation of 27 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs marks a major step forward in improving the way in which the marine environment is safeguarded.

28 November 2013

Housing enterprise zones mooted for London

London Mayor Boris Johnson wants to establish up to ten residential enterprise zones in the capital which would enjoy streamlined planning and other tax incentives as part of the capital’s new draft housing strategy.

28 November 2013

Council considers biodiversity offset to help secure homes site

Medway Council has claimed that its key housing site at Lodge Hill on the Hoo Peninsula where developer Land Securities wants to build a major new neighbourhood remains practicable and feasible thanks to a possible biodiversity offsetting scheme.

28 November 2013

Welsh open-cast mine appeal refused

Welsh Planning Minister Carl Sargeant has dismissed an appeal over an open cast coal mine at Varteg Hill near Pontypool.

28 November 2013

News round up 28 November 2013

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28 November 2013

New pre-application consultation regime for wind farms

New measures, due to be laid before Parliament shortly, will require developers seeking planning permission for virtually all onshore wind developments to consult the local community before submitting a formal planning application.

21 November 2013

Regional cities outperform the largest

Regional cities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are outshining the UK's largest cities when ranked by both economic success and the factors which the general public value.

21 November 2013

Delay in naming 'county matter' poor-performers

The Department of Communities and Local Government has confirmed that there will be a delay of six months before any county matter authorities are formally designated.

21 November 2013

Green light for 650 Cheshire homes

Proposals for up to 650 new homes on two sites outside Hartford in Cheshire have been approved by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

21 November 2013

Mixed fortunes for major Midlands housing schemes

Two appeals by the Ronald Wilson Trust for between 200 and 169 new homes and a 150-berth canal marina on Green Belt land at the Hawkesbury golf course at Exhall, Coventry, have been turned down.

21 November 2013

News round-up 21 November 2013

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21 November 2013

'Poor-performing' thresholds under review as first council named

Planning Minister Nick Boles has said the Government will keep under review the thresholds for the designating planning authorities as poor-performing after naming the first to be designated under the new arrangements

14 November 2013

Coastal Concordat agreed to spur development

Ports, marina builders and coastal developers are set to benefit from a streamlined English planning and regulation regime as a result of a new coastal concordat agreed between Whitehall, regulatory watchdogs and the Local Government Association

14 November 2013

MPs advise caution over biodiversity offsetting

Government plans to introduce a system of 'biodiversity offsetting' for new building developments could enhance the way the planning system accounts for the damage done to valuable natural habitats, a committee of MPs have concluded.

14 November 2013

Bolsover criticised for public open space error

Bolsover District Council has fallen foul of the Local Government Ombudsman after an investigation revealed it had appropriated land designated as public open space without following the right procedures

14 November 2013

Thames estuary airport plans clarified

Further details of how a Thames estuary airport would operate have been unveiled by the consortium behind London Britannia Airport, the proposed six-runway project formerly dubbed the 'Boris Island' scheme

14 November 2013

News round-up 14 November 2013

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14 November 2013

'Nationally significant' regime set to be extended

The Government has published the secondary legislation needed to extend the Planning Act 2008 regime to certain categories of business and commercial projects.

7 November 2013

Mayor intervenes over London development

London Mayor Boris Johnson has intervened over the regeneration of Convoys Wharf in Deptford and will now determine the housing-led mixed use scheme which includes proposals for three residential towers and a hotel.

7 November 2013

Welsh 'super-dairy' near school approved by minister

Welsh Planning Minister Carl Sargeant has approved proposals to create a "super dairy" next to a primary school in the village of Leighton near Welshpool, Powys.

7 November 2013

Court quashes free school consent

A Lancashire local authority has agreed to the quashing of planning permission for a free school following a High Court challenge brought by a local resident.

7 November 2013

New study to look at extending benefits of high-speed rail

A new study looking at how to increase the benefits that Scotland gains from the Government’s flagship High Speed 2 rail project has been announced by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer.

7 November 2013

News round-up 7 November 2013

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7 November 2013

Levy reform package announced

The deadline for when local authorities will be restricted in their use of pooled section 106 contributions has been put back by 12 months to April 2015, the Government has announced, as it set out its decisions on changes to the CIL regime.

31 October 2013

Making the case for high-speed rail

Britain cannot meet its future transport needs without the HS2 project, according to an assessment published by the Government.

31 October 2013

Red Tape Challenge cuts regulations

Planning Minister Nick Boles has announced moves to reduce the number of technical planning regulations as part of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge initiative.

31 October 2013

Sparks fly over Ombudsman reports

A district council has taken issue with a Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) report into a complaint about the alleged failure to take into consideration an objection to a planning application.

31 October 2013

Paterson says biodiversity offsetting should be ‘local’

Biodiversity offsetting projects should be “reasonably close” to the development involved if local people are going to accept the practice, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has told MPs.

31 October 2013

News round-up 31 October 2013

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31 October 2013

New-build nuclear plant programme moves ahead

Proposals for the first of a new generation of UK nuclear power plants are set to climb off the drawing board now French energy giant EDF has concluded a deal with the Government over the pricing of electricity from the twin-reactor plant to be const

24 October 2013

Faster wildlife advice slashes red tape for LPAs and developers

Local planning authorities (LPAs) and developers will no longer have to wait for 21 days for advice from Natural England on wildlife species covered by European law.

24 October 2013

Solar farm developer considers legal challenge

Solar farm developer Lark Energy is considering a legal challenge to the government's decision to refuse proposals for a 24 megawatt (MW) solar farm on land at and adjacent to Ellough Airfield, Suffolk.

24 October 2013

Cheshire Council voices fears over speculative development

Cheshire East Council has voiced concern that a combination of the recession and the stall in house building rates is inflating its five-year housing site provision requirement and encouraging speculative development.

24 October 2013

Planning Bill withdrawn in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland environment minister Mart Durkan has withdrawn the administration’s Planning Bill.

24 October 2013

News round-up 24 October 2013

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24 October 2013

Minister puts green power schemes under spotlight

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has decided to recover a selection of onshore renewable energy schemes, chiefly wind and solar farms, to see whether the latest planning practice guidance is meeting the Government’s intentions.

17 October 2013

Minister pledges more help for custom-built housing

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has promised to help turn custom-built housing into a mainstream option rather than the minority interest it is at present.

17 October 2013

Developers challenge neighbourhood plan

Developers Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Homes and Wainhomes have written to Cheshire West and Chester Council threatening a judicial review of the Tattenhall Neighbourhood Plan.

17 October 2013

Heritage body 'crowd sources' listed building surveys

English Heritage (EH) has announced plans for the equivalent of a crowd-sourcing initiative to help harness volunteers to carry out surveys of England's 345,000 Grade ll buildings.

17 October 2013

Welsh planning authorities urged to accommodate mobile phone roll-out

Rosemary Thomas, the Welsh Government’s chief planner, has written to Welsh planning authorities urging them to deal promptly with proposals from telecoms infrastructure company Arqiva for new mobile phone masts and other installations

17 October 2013

News round-up 17 October 2013

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17 October 2013

Funding boost for enterprise zones

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced £100m of extra funding for England’s 24 enterprise zones (EZs) to complete infrastructure projects and compete for new businesses.

10 October 2013

Airport commission chair says South East needs new capacity

Sir Howard Davies, the economist chairing the independent commission advising the Government on airport policy, has insisted that south east England will need "additional runway capacity in the coming decades".

10 October 2013

Anglesey turns down major development

Anglesey County Council members have gone against the advice of officers and rejected an application to build a leisure village and hundreds of new homes at Holyhead.

10 October 2013

Watchdog calls on council to reconsider parking decision

The London Borough of Brent has agreed to reconsider a decision to refuse a resident permission to build a vehicle crossover to his property following the intervention of the Local Government Ombudsman.

10 October 2013

Travellers' Essex development rejected a second time

A redetermined recovered appeal over proposals for a 12-plot Travellers' site at Laindon, near Basildon, Essex, has ended with the scheme's refusal for a second time.

10 October 2013

News round-up 10 October 2013

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10 October 2013

Two major housing schemes make grade on appeal

Two major housing schemes – each involving 350 new homes - are set to go ahead following successful recovered appeal decisions involving sites in north east England.

03 October 2013

Village green regime change

Changes to the village green designation regime have come into force which ministers hope will reduce the likelihood of people abusing the system by making spurious applications to block development.

03 October 2013

Homes refused partly because of neighbourhood plan preparation

Wiltshire Council has refused a proposed 350-home development on the outskirts of Devizes partly on the grounds that approval would have undermined the neighbourhood plan being prepared for the area.

03 October 2013

Three districts in line for under-performance designation?

The latest official statistics on the performance of English planning authorities suggests that three district councils are potential candidates to be designated as underperforming.

03 October 2013

Cornwall Council criticised by watchdog over poor advice

Cornwall Council has accepted criticism from the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) over faulty planning advice to a developer who is now in line for a compensation payment of £20,000.

03 October 2013

News round-up 3 October 2013

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03 October 2013

Council mulls action over four successful housing appeals

Cherwell District Council is taking legal advice after four major planning applications were approved on appeal and in line with the recommendations of the inspector who held the linked inquiries.

26 September 2013

Appeal allowed after affordable housing compromise

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has agreed with the recommendation of a planning inspector over what would constitute a reasonable level of affordable housing provision in a recovered appeal...

26 September 2013

Developers warn councils over 'unrealistic' planning conditions

Developers have warned that planning authorities are increasingly attaching planning conditions to new residential schemes which are "onerous and unrealistic" and holding back work on site.

26 September 2013

Scots council withdraws planning permission

A planning committee has withdrawn approval given a month ago for a major residential development in north east Scotland.

26 September 2013

Watchdog criticises councils over land use errors

The Local Government Ombudsman has told two councils to pay a homeowner 8,000 GBP over a failure to protect him from what appeared to be an unauthorised use of land behind his property.

26 September 2013

News round-up 26 September 2013

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26 September 2013

New-look nuclear waste site process proposed

The Government has proposed a new process for working with communities to agree a site for locating a national disposal facility for medium and long-term radioactive waste.

19 September 2013

Review of National Park policy mooted

The Government has signalled it is considering a review of planning policy in National Parks.

19 September 2013

Green light for homes in Hampshire and Devon

Proposals for a total of 800 new homes on land at Dawlish in Devon and at Basingstoke in Hampshire have been approved following recovered appeals and inspectors' recommendations that the developments should go ahead.

19 September 2013

Report on how to boost large-scale housing schemes

A new report published by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) sets out a series of recommendations for planners, local authorities and the Government designed to boost the building of large-scale housing schemes across the UK.

19 September 2013

Surveys shows faster application determination times

English planning authorities are determining major applications significantly faster than a year ago, new research shows.

19 September 2013

News round-up 19 September 2013

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19 September 2013

Biodiversity offsetting scheme mooted

The Government has started consulting on the detail of a national biodiversity offsetting scheme designed to ensure developers provide new wildlife sites better than any they are allowed to build on.

12 September 2013

Specialist planning court proposed

A specialist planning court has been proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to help ensure major development projects no longer get bogged down in unnecessary legal delay.

12 September 2013

Census assessment increases English housing demand

The rate of new housing required to meet demand in England is now estimated at between 240,000 and 245,000 units a year, an increase of 10,000 new homes annually on previously accepted figures.

12 September 2013

Site earmarked for major new prison

A former tyre factory on Wrexham's Industrial Estate has been confirmed as the location for a new 2,000-place prison by the Ministry of Justice subject to planning consent and successful site acquisition.

12 September 2013

Accountant fined over illegal student block now due for demolition

A Welsh accountant has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge which together totalled £6,120 after Aberystwyth Magistrates Court found him guilty of being in breach of an enforcement notice

12 September 2013

News round-up 12 September 2013

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12 September 2013

Faster planning appeals process announced

Planning applications which go to appeal will receive earlier decisions, with increased transparency for communities, the Government has announced.

5 September 2013

Report calls for wholesale change of use for failing high streets

The change of use process should be used to convert entire sub-high streets to residential or other uses while successful independent retailers are relocated into the main commercial centre.

5 September 2013

Fourth Neighbourhood Plan ready for referendum

A fourth Neighbourhood Plan has reached the stage of being recommended by an independent examiner for a public referendum.

5 September 2013

Minister limits time period for two Gypsy sites

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has allowed two separate temporary Gypsy and Traveller caravan site developments at Green Belt locations but in each case the permissions will be for a shorter period than recommended by the inspectors

5 September 2013

Welsh Government backs Bangor student flats on appeal

The Welsh Government has allowed on appeal proposals for a five-storey, 200-bed student complex at Dean Street, Bangor.

5 September 2013

News round-up 5 September 2013

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5 September 2013

Appeal hearings can be filmed and tweeted

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced he will issue new guidance that will formally open up planning appeal hearings "to be filmed, tweeted and reported".

29 August 2013

Government urges more parking provision

The Department for Communities and Local Government is set to publish new planning guidance calling for more town centre car parking provision.

29 August 2013

Judge quashes consent for luxury golf complex in Surrey

Surrey countryside campaigners have won their legal challenge against Mole Valley District Council over its decision to permit the building of a luxury golf and leisure complex at historic Cherkley Court near Leatherhead.

29 August 2013

Watchdog criticises Redbridge Council over planning error

A London council has agreed to compensate householders whose properties may have been devalued by a planning error.

29 August 2013

News round-up 29th August 2013

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29 August 2013

Government consults on minimum housing space standards

The Government in inviting views on a national minimum space standard as part of moves to streamline the welter of housing standards and regulations facing house builders.

22 August 2013

Housing starts on the up

Latest official figures on housing starts in England show that construction began on six per cent more dwellings during the second quarter of 2013 compared to the first three months of the year.

22 August 2013

Developer drops 3,600-home scheme

Developer Taylor Wimpey has finally dropped proposals for a major development of 3,600 new homes to the west of Stevenage, well over a decade after they were first mooted.

22 August 2013

Move to extend legislation to identify lobbyists working for developers

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has confirmed he wants to amend the Transparency of Lobbying Bill, currently before Parliament, to ensure lobbyists working for developers are required to publish their client lists.

22 August 2013

Smaller of two Gypsy site proposals approved

An appeal has been dismissed over a proposed seven-pitch gypsy site at a Green Belt location on the southern edge of London which had been refused by Bromley Council.

22 August 2013

News round-up 22 August 2013

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22 August 2013

Councils urged to crack down on illegal camps and traveller sites

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has urged local authorities to clamp down on illegal encampments and unauthorised traveller sites.

16 August 2013

Major Greenwich Peninsula project makes waves

An important milestone has been reached in plans for thousands of new homes and jobs for south east London, now a section 106 agreement has been agreed for revised proposals for the development of the Greenwich Peninsula site.

16 August 2013

Greater Sheffield strategic growth authority mooted

The Government has launched a consultation exercise into plans by nine councils in and around Sheffield to set up a new combined authority designed to deliver greater economic growth.

16 August 2013

Welsh green adviser says impacts of track can be mitigated

The Welsh Government has confirmed that its statutory environmental adviser has signalled that the green issues surrounding plans for a motor-racing circuit in Ebbw Vale don't warrant its call-in for a public inquiry

16 August 2013

Warwickshire out-of-town office park gets the green light

Proposals for an out-of-town, mixed-use business park involving 3,500 sq m of office floor space and a 100-bed hotel in Warwickshire have been approved by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

16 August 2013

News round-up 15 August 2013

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16 August 2013

Minister unveils permitted development package

A major extension of permitted development rights designed to bring empty and underused building back to life in high streets and rural areas has been announced by Planning Minister Nick Boles.

8 August 2013

Planning status of driveway renting to be clarified

The Government has promised clarification over the question of whether planning permission is required where householders rent out their driveway or spare or unused dedicated off-street parking space.

8 August 2013

MPs urge clearer guidance for community energy schemes

Backbench MPs have urged the Government to do more to encourage local authorities to identify suitable areas for renewable energy development as recommended in the National Planning Policy Framework.

8 August 2013

Funding to help communities build

Housing Minister Mark Prisk has announced that funding is to be made available for people with plans and ideas for their neighbourhood, and require resources to work up designs and obtain planning permissio

8 August 2013

Red card for Arsenal student tower

Arsenal's plans to build a 25-storey tower block of student flats near its home ground, the Emirates Stadium, have been shown the red card in the High Court.

8 August 2013

News round-up 8 August 2013

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8 August 2013

Planning performance 'league table' published

A "league table" of English planning authority performance designed to show councils where they need to improve has been published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

1 August 2013

New guidance issued on green energy

New planning practice guidance for renewable and low carbon energy projects has been issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

1 August 2013

Updated waste planning policy out for consultation

The Government has started consulting on updated waste planning policy designed to ensure that that there is adequate provision of new waste management facilities of the right type, in the right place.

1 August 2013

Master plan unveiled for Enfield growth point

The planning and urban design framework for one of London's most ambitious development projects, a scheme involving up to 5,000 new homes, has been unveiled by Enfield Council.

1 August 2013

Hackney rejects competing neighbourhood plans

Hackney Council has rejected bids by two community groups to receive neighbourhood planning powers because of fears that community tensions would arise over development issues.

1 August 2013

News round-up 1 August 2013

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1 August 2013

World's biggest offshore wind farm off English coast approved

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has given development consent for what is planned to be the world's largest offshore wind farm, a project which should see 288 turbines located off Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

18 July 2013

Approval for first nationally significant hazardous waste scheme

The first hazardous waste facility to be considered under the planning regime for nationally significant infrastructure projects has been approved by the Government in line with the recommendation of the examining inspector.

18 July 2013

Retail conversion rules change mooted

The Government will consult "soon" on proposals to relax planning regulations to allow conversion of certain retail spaces into residential use, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced.

18 July 2013

Capital airport proposals

London Mayor Boris Johnson has suggested three sites as the most optimal locations for a new hub airport serving the capital and South East England.

18 July 2013

South Wales racing circuit plan makes waves

Ambitious plans for a new motor-racing circuit and associated development at Ebbw Vale in South Wales have made significant progress now Blaenau Gwent Borough Council has approved the scheme.

18 July 2013

News round-up 18 July 2013

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18 July 2013

Further reform of town and village green registrations proposed

Land subject to certain statutory development orders or identified for potential development in draft local plan policies would be protected from applications for registration as a town or village green under proposals unveiled by the Government.

11 July 2013

New shale gas exploration and fracking plans signalled

Energy company Cuadrilla has signalled that it intends to apply for planning consent to hydraulically fracture and test the shale at its existing exploration well at Grange Hill near Lytham St Anne's.

11 July 2013

Greenfield housing scheme approved on appeal

A housing-led, mixed-use scheme of 450 new homes, a quarter of which will be affordable, on a greenfield site at Benton on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne have been approved on appeal.

11 July 2013

Green light for Aldershot urban extension

Proposals that will allow Aldershot to expand for the first time in nearly a century, bringing up to 3,850 new homes and local facilities to the north of the town centre, have been approved by Rushmoor Borough Council.

11 July 2013

Brighton considers move to protect office space

Brighton and Hove City Council has announced it is considering measures to protect office space in central Brighton and at other key employment sites.

11 July 2013

News round-up 11 July 2013

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11 July 2013

Boost for spending on affordable homes and road building

The Government used last week's Spending Round announcements to commit to additional public investment in new housing, roads and railways (chiefly HS2).

4 July 2013

Government to scrutinise Green Belt Traveller sites appeals

The Government has decided to change the appeals recovery criteria by adding proposals for Traveller sites in the Green Belt.

4 July 2013

Deadline set for shale gas planning policy

The Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed that by 18 July it will publish up-to-date guidance for industry, planning authorities and communities on how shale gas (and other onshore oil and gas) developments will be handled

4 July 2013

Environment Agency and Natural England to consolidate planning advice

The Government has signalled that the Environment Agency and Natural England must consolidate their planning advice processes so they provide a "seamless planning advice service to developers on environmental issues".

4 July 2013

New flood insurance deal agreed by ministers and industry

Hundreds of thousands of households in flood-prone areas will be guaranteed affordable flood insurance after the Government and insurance industry agreed a new deal.

4 July 2013

News round-up 4 July 2013

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4 July 2013

'Nationally significant' consent regime widened

Ministers have decided which types of major development will in the future be eligible for the development consent regime set up for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

27 June 2013

Empty homes cash boost

Communities Minister Don Foster has announced that towns across England will benefit from £91m to refurbish and bring back into use over 6,000 empty and derelict homes and commercial premises, particularly in the Midlands and North.

27 June 2013

Major regeneration plans unveiled for key high speed rail site

A large tract of semi-derelict industrial land at Old Oak Common in west London could be regenerated with up to 19,000 new homes because the area is earmarked for a key High Speed 2 (HS2) rail interchange.

27 June 2013

Residential scheme turned down over highway safety concerns

Proposals to build between 420 and 440 homes on fields bordering the Leeds Liverpool canal in Sty Lane, Micklethwaite in Bingley have been dismissed for a second time on road safety grounds.

27 June 2013

Medway Core Strategy undermined by row over SSSI for housing site

Medway Council has urged the Government to intervene after a planning inspector recommended the authority withdraw and rewrite its Core Strategy (CS) after a key housing site was notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest

27 June 2013

News round-up 27 June 2013

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27 June 2013

Johnson proposes new planning powers

London Mayor Boris Johnson has signalled he wants greater powers over strategic planning in the capital to allow him to call in more projects and unlock stalled developments.

20 June 2013

Welsh enforcement regime changes recommended

Welsh ministers have been urged to reform the enforcement regime in Wales and include measures to underpin this in the administration's promised Planning Bill.

20 June 2013

Parish council makes progress with pioneering Community Right to Build Orders

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced funding for a mid-Sussex parish council to allow it to implement two pioneering Community Right to Build Orders.

20 June 2013

New settlement proposed north-west of Cheltenham

Proposals for a new settlement of up to 4,500 new homes costing around £1.75bn have been unveiled for a Greenbelt location north-west of Cheltenham.

20 June 2013

Margate out-of-centre Tesco gets green light

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has allowed on appeal redevelopment plans for Margate, including a new Tesco store on an out-of-centre site and a 60-bed hotel.

20 June 2013

News round-up 20 June 2013

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20 June 2013

New wind farm planning guidance promised

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has promised new guidance on the planning regime for onshore wind farms as well as a new formal requirement for pre-application consultation with communities over significant schemes.

13 June 2013

Boost for infrastructure spending in enterprise zones

The Government has announced plans to increase its infrastructure investment in enterprise zones by around £100m.

13 June 2013

Prisk names shortlist for infrastructure spend aid

Housing Minister Mark Prisk has announced 14 major schemes which have been shortlisted to receive a share of the Government's £474m Local Infrastructure Fund.

13 June 2013

MPs unconvinced by Hafren Severn barrage project

MPs on the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee have given the cold-shoulder to proposals for a tidal barrage project put forward by the Hafren Power consortium.

13 June 2013

Hunt on for Met Police training site developer

London Mayor Boris Johnson has launched a search for a developer to carry out a major regeneration of the 22-acre site of the Metropolitan Police Peel Centre in Hendon in the north west of the capital.

13 June 2013

News round-up 13 June 2013

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13 June 2013

Changes to streamline planning application process on way

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published its response to its consultation on a package of measures to simplify and streamline the application process in England.

6 June 2013

Government plans to designate first ‘special measures’ authorities by end of October

The first planning authorities subject to the Government’s “special measures” regime for under-performing authorities will be designated by the end of October 2013, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has proposed.

6 June 2013

New homes consents jump by 20 per cent in year after NPPF

Permissions for new homes approved in the year since the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) came into force increased by over 20 per cent compared to the previous 12 months, according a new report from the Home Builders Federation.

6 June 2013

UK’s biggest wind farm probe starts

What promises to be the Wales’ longest-ever planning hearing has been considering opening statements and legal arguments about five onshore wind farms and proposals for a 132kV connection to the power grid in Powys, mid-Wales.

6 June 2013

Development boosts for London’s Docklands

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced details of a £1bn deal to transform the Royal Albert Dock, part of the capital’s historic docklands.

6 June 2013

News round-up 6 June 2013

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6 June 2013

Capita set to run council's planning services

Barnet Council officers have recommended Capita as the preferred bidder to join the council in a joint venture to deliver development and regulatory services in the north London borough.

30 May 2013

Minister announces funding to unlock new town project

Housing Minister Mark Prisk has announced a £32m injection of funding for the new town of Sherford, near Plymouth, a scheme with the potential to provide 5,500 homes and help create 5,000 jobs.

30 May 2013

Wind farms opposed by MoD lose on appeal

Recovered appeals by two wind farm developers for separate schemes near Carlisle have been refused because of their impact on the facility which monitors seismic noise from nuclear tests which could be in breach of the UN's nuclear test ban treaty.

30 May 2013

Council in hot water over change of use

Cheshire East Council misled the public over a planning application to change the use of some agricultural land in Alsager, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has determined.

30 May 2013

Trust urges tougher World Heritage Site protection for NI

The National Trust has urged the Northern Ireland Executive to include measures to give more protection to World Heritage Sites in planning legislation currently under consideration by the Assembly.

30 May 2013

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30 May 2013

Planning guidance reforms confirmed

Planning minister Nick Boles has confirmed in Parliament that the Government will press ahead with changes to the suite of technical planning guidance in line with the recommendations of the review carried out by Lord Taylor.

23 May 2013

HS2 draft environmental statement published

The first phase of HS2, the planned high-speed railway between London, the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds has reached a milestone with the launch of consultations on the project’s draft Environmental Statement and proposed design refinements.

23 May 2013

Pinewood expansion blocked a second time by South Bucks DC

South Bucks District Council has blocked plans for the £200m expansion of Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath because of concern that the proposals represented "inappropriate" development in the Green Belt.

23 May 2013

Trafford biomass plant gets the green light on appeal

Peel Energy has won its recovered appeal over its proposed 20 megawatt biomass power station earmarked for a site south of the Manchester Ship Canal at Davyhulme in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

23 May 2013

Pickles backs Leicestershire housing development

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has granted outline planning permission on appeal to Jelson Homes for a 300-home residential scheme at Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire, originally refused by Charnwood BC against the advice of official

23 May 2013

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23 May 2013

Minister moots longer HS2 tunnel to safeguard development

A key tunnel along the proposed route of Britain’s High Speed 2 rail project could be extended to enable plans for a major development next to East Midlands Airport to progress, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.

16 May 2013

Plymouth locks horns with inspector over Area Action Plan

Plymouth City Council is in a stand-off with the Planning Inspectorate over the council's Area Action Plan (AAP) for Derriford and Seaton in the heart of the Devon port.

16 May 2013

Parliamentary committee urges Heathrow expansion

MPs on the Commons Transport Committee have rejected calls for a new hub airport east of London but have urged the Government to permit the expansion of Heathrow where a third runway is overdue, according to a report from the all-party group.

16 May 2013

Norfolk council told to reconsider malting expansion plans

A High Court judge has ordered North Norfolk District Council to reconsider the planning permission given for the expansion of a malting facility with a lorry park and barley silos.

16 May 2013

New town and new village mooted in Cambridgeshire local plans

16 May 2013

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16 May 2013

Larger house extensions regime detailed

A raft of measures granting new permitted development rights in England – including those for rear-of-house extensions – will come into force on 30 May.

9 May 2013

Broadband infrastructure regime changes proposed

Measures to boost the roll-out of mobile broadband by streamlining the development control regime have been published by the Government.

9 May 2013

Two more neighbourhood plans make the grade

Two more neighbourhood plans - one in Oxfordshire and the other in Exeter - have been successfully voted through after local referendums.

9 May 2013

Think-tank urges consolidated Planning Act

Ministers have been urged to repeal all existing legislation affecting planning and replace it with a single rationalised Act whose main aim would be to reduce the time, effort and money required to obtain consent for new development.

9 May 2013

Legal challenges lodged over three national infrastructure projects

A clutch of development consent orders for nationally significant infrastructure schemes now face legal challenges.

9 May 2013

Major Thameside development proposed

Developer Hutchison Whampoa Properties has submitted proposals to Lewisham Council for a major redevelopment of up to 3,500 new homes on 40 acres of derelict brownfield land at Convoys Wharf, Deptford in south east London.

9 May 2013

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9 May 2013

New planning measures gain Royal Assent

Key changes to the planning regime including a neighbour consultation system for larger household extensions

2 May 2013

Advice issued on renegotiating affordable homes requirements

Guidance on renegotiating affordable housing requirements, a measure set out in the new Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013, has been issued by the Department for Communities and local Government.

2 May 2013

Scottish planning revamp proposed

Scotland's planning system will place more emphasis on jobs and economic benefits to help deliver sustainable economic growth, Planning Minister Derek Mackay has announced as the administration published two key documents for consultation.

2 May 2013

High Court backs Sandbach homes decision

A redetermined ministerial decision to grant permission to developer Richborough Estates for a 269-home development on a greenfield site in Sandbach has survived a High Court challenge by the local planning authority.

2 May 2013

New twist in Cardiff reservoir planning saga

The decade-long planning saga surrounding a disused reservoir in north Cardiff has taken a new turn.

2 May 2013

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2 May 2013

House extensions move: consultation scheme unveiled

Ministers have outlined a system incorporating a "light touch" neighbour consultation scheme as part of the administration's proposal to grant permitted development rights for larger house extensions for a period of three years.

25 April 2013

Ministers stick by judicial review reforms

The Government has confirmed it will proceed with most of its proposed reforms to the judicial review process.

25 April 2013

Power line threshold changes confirmed

The Government has decided to press ahead with proposed changes to the threshold for power line schemes covered by the provisions of the Planning Act 2008 for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs).

25 April 2013

MP moots fines for 'underhand' developers

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy has been given Parliamentary permission to introduce a 10 Minute Rule Bill to Parliament calling for strict rules to allow planning authorities impose fines on developers who deliberately exceed planning consents.

25 April 2013

Three major energy plans accepted for examination

The Planning Inspectorate has announced that it has accepted applications for development consent for three more major energy projects.

25 April 2013

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25 April 2013

Government to revisit house extension rights change

The Government has announced it is revising its proposals to grant permitted development rights for larger house extensions for a period of three years.

18 April 2013

Ministers moot key changes to levy regime

The Government has proposed a series of changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), designed to make the charging regime "fairer, faster, more certain and more transparent".

18 April 2013

Planning applications in England fell by three per cent in 2012

The number of planning applications received by English planning authorities undertaking district level development control fell by three per cent last year.

18 April 2013

Judge rules resident’s undertaking irrelevant in parking wrangle

A bid to sidestep planning regulations that prevent conversion of garages into dwelling space has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.

18 April 2013

Milton Keynes loses court battle over turbine buffer zone

Energy firm RWE npower renewables has won a High Court case against Milton Keynes Council over a Supplementary Planning Document drawn up by the local authority.

18 April 2013

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18 April 2013

Latest household projections show lower growth in next decade

The latest national statistics on the projected number of households in England and its local authority districts to 2021 show a lower growth in households compared with the 2008-based projections which have now been superseded.

11 April 2013

Research shows local plans are not cutting housing targets

New research by planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield Partners (NLP) has indicated that localism is not leading to cuts in housing targets in local plans.

11 April 2013

New regulations for nationally significant infrastructure come into force

New regulations contained in secondary legislation associated with the Planning Act 2008 and which affect the regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) have come into force.

11 April 2013

New villages mooted between Scunthorpe and river Trent

Plans for a cluster of new villages with a total of up to 6,000 new homes in an area between the western flank of Scunthorpe and the river Trent are now out for consultation.

11 April 2013

Welsh Government rejects Carmarthenshire housing redevelopment

The Welsh Government has rejected proposals to redevelop a brownfield site near Burry Port Harbour in Carmarthenshire with a residential-led mixed-use scheme designed to provide over 200 new homes.

11 April 2013

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11 April 2013

Government to fight extensions opt-out move

The Government has pledged to remove an amendment inserted in the Growth and Infrastructure Bill which would allow local authorities to opt out of plans to allow house extensions up to eight metres deep without planning permission.

4 April 2013

'Stop notice' regime reform

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has confirmed changes to the 'stop notices' regime backed up by potentially unlimited fines for those who ignore planning rules.

4 April 2013

New Welsh environmental body sets up shop

The landscape of environmental regulation and sustainable development in Wales has changed dramatically following the establishment of Natural Resources Wales, a new body with wide-ranging powers and responsibilities. It began operating on 1 April.

4 April 2013

New Homes Bonus report 'negative and unfair’

The Government has rejected concerns over the New Homes Bonus voiced in a report from the National Audit Office.

4 April 2013

Court: beach can be designated as village green

A privately owned beach can be listed as a village green to allow residents the right to use it, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

4 April 2013

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4 April 2013

Minister dismisses talk of planning free-for-all

Planning Minister Nick Boles has insisted that the end of the transition period for councils to ensure local plans are compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework should not be a cause for concern or prompt a planning free-for-all.

28 March 2013

Appeal Court backs inspector over pig farm homes plan

The Appeal Court has ruled that a High Court judge was wrong to overturn a decision by a planning inspector to refuse permission for six new homes on a former pig farm in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

28 March 2013

Green light for Peterborough urban extension

Peterborough City Council has given the green light for a major urban extension involving over 5,000 new homes and three neighbourhood centres on a 306 hectare site to the west of the Hampton district of the city.

28 March 2013

Ombudsman criticises council for mishandling application

Walsall Council has been criticised by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) over the way it handled a planning application for a tyre and exhaust centre.

28 March 2013

London housing scheme appeal refused

28 March 2013

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28 March 2013

Shale gas part of future, says Chancellor

The Government has promised new planning guidance on shale gas issues later this year alongside plans to allow local communities to benefit from what ministers believe will be a cheap source of energy.

21 March 2013

Nuclear power station approved on schedule

The Government has given planning consent for the construction of the first new nuclear power station in the UK since 1995, in a boost to the move to a low carbon energy mix.

21 March 2013

Government acts over telecoms relaxation in protected areas

Ministers have amended a clause in its Growth and Infrastructure Bill following concern over moves to relax the development control regime for telecommunications infrastructure in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

21 March 2013

Neighbourhood plan ruling

A district council acted within its powers when it withheld two major development sites from one of the first neighbourhood forums established under the Localism Act 2011, the High Court has ruled.

21 March 2013

Planning blogger loses libel battle with council

A planning blogger who sued a council and its chief executive for libel has lost her claim in the High Court and been ordered to pay £25,000 in damages after a counter-claim against her succeeded.

21 March 2013

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21 March 2013

Planning milestone as voters back neighbourhood plan

Eden in Cumbria has become the first area in England to vote through a new-look neighbourhood plan.

14 March 2013

Ministers streamline local development order regime

Ministers have acted to reduce their involvement in the regime surrounding local development orders (LDOs).

14 March 2013

Surge in residential permissions

Approvals for housing development showed a significant rise last quarter with the number of new homes consented in England up over 60 per cent on the same period 12 months ago and showed an increase of a third on the preceding three months.

14 March 2013

Government acts to develop one-stop-shop for non-planning consents

The Government has announced how it plans to implement the principle of a one-stop-shop for non-planning consents for major infrastructure.

14 March 2013

High Court rejects wind farm

East Northamptonshire District Council has won a legal challenge in the High Court over a planning inspector’s decision to allow on appeal a four-turbine wind farm earmarked for a site one mile from a Grade l listed building.

14 March 2013

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14 March 2013

Ministers clarify 'special measures' regime in new Bill

Ministers have amended the legislation introducing the new regime which will allow developers to opt directly for a decision from the Planning Inspectorate for major proposals where a planning authority is deemed to be under-performing.

7 March 2013

Coventry's core strategy goes back to the drawing board

Coventry City Council has been told by a planning inspector to re-think its draft Core Strategy because of failing to cooperate constructively with neighbouring planning authorities over housing assessments and provision.

7 March 2013

Super sewer application lodged with PINS

Thames Water has officially submitted an application for Development Consent for its Tideway Tunnel project, dubbed as London’s "super sewer".

7 March 2013

Cornwall bids for second-home planning controls

Cornwall Council has voted to press for a change in the planning regulations which would mean that homeowners who want to use their property as a second home or as a holiday let would require planning permission.

7 March 2013

New London database of surplus public land launched

London Mayor Boris Johnson has launched a new database detailing Greater London Authority (GLA) land assets in a bid to ensure more public land is released for development.

7 March 2013

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7 March 2013

Ministers launch fund to "turbo-charge" enterprise zones

A new multi-million pound fund designed to finance the infrastructure that enterprise zones need to help them flourish has been unveiled by the Government.

28 February 2013

Council ready for first neighbourhood plan referendum

Eden District Council in Cumbria is set to run the country’s first neighbourhood plan referendum on 7 March.

28 February 2013

Bath's revised core strategy opts for Green Belt housing

Green Belt locations in and around Bath and North East Somerset have been allocated for residential development in the council's latest draft core strategy recently published.

28 February 2013

London leads councils seeking change-of-use opt out

London Mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed that he is seeking an exemption for much of central London from the government’s proposed new permitted development rights which would allow offices to be converted into homes without planning permission.

28 February 2013

Motor racing project proposed for Ebbw Vale

Plans have been submitted to Blaenau Gwent Council for a motor racing development in Ebbw Vale called the Circuit of Wales.

28 February 2013

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28 February 2013

Changes to right to light regime mooted

The Law Commission has started consulting on significant changes to the legal regime surrounding rights to light. At this stage the proposals are provisional...

21 February 2013

New levy regulations set out arrangements for 'misapplied' receipts

Parish councils which do not use Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts to support the development of their areas could have to repay the funding, draft regulations for the regime propose.

21 February 2013

Minister allows Cotswold housing schemes

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has granted planning permission on appeal for two separate development proposals for a total of 289 homes at Tetbury, Gloucestershire...

21 February 2013

Third regional strategy in line to go

The regional strategy for the South East of England is set to become the third to be revoked by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

21 February 2013

Kent garden suburb plans hit turbulence

Not-for-profit housing association Golding Homes has unveiled plans for a new garden neighbourhood to be located on more than 350 acres of farm land to the east of the villages of Langley and Otham on the south east flank of Maidstone in Kent.

21 February 2013

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21 February 2013

Changes mooted to planning policy for the strategic road network

The Government has begun consulting on changes to current planning policy in relation to the strategic road network in general and roadside facilities like motorway service areas in particular.

14 February 2013

Secretary of State to allow Cheshire housing scheme

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced he is 'minded' to approve developer Fox Strategic Land’s proposals for a 280-dwelling development at Sandbach in Cheshire, subject to a "satisfactory" agreement on affordable housing provision.

14 February 2013

Green light for two major onshore wind farms in England and Wales

Two major onshore wind farms with a combined capacity of over 110 megawatts have obtained planning approval – one in England and the other in Wales.

14 February 2013

New settlement proposed for derelict Derbyshire ironworks

Redevelopment plans for a former Derbyshire ironworks hit by fire last year and involving nearly 2,000 new homes and a 60-acre business park have been submitted to Erewash Borough Council.

14 February 2013

Developments over airport capacity in SE England

London mayor Boris Johnson has assembled a team of experts to assess the feasibility of the most realistic of the proposed new multi-runway hub airport projects for south-east England.

14 February 2013

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14 February 2013

Planning administration is next focus for 'Red Tape Challenge'

Planning administration is set to become the next focus of the Government’s 'Red Tape Challenge'.

7 February 2013

Report finds infrastructure funding is holding up major residential projects

New research just published by leading commercial property consultant GVA has argued that the market is unable to deliver large-scale housing schemes without greater support from the public sector.

7 February 2013

Watchdog criticises council over planning flaws

The Local Government Ombudsman has criticised Bolton Council for flaws in the way it approved a planning application for a large residential development next to a man's home.

7 February 2013

Potash mine proposals unveiled for national park

The North York Moors National Park Authority has received a planning application from York Potash Ltd for the development of a new potash mine at Dove’s Nest Farm, to the south of Sneaton village, near Whitby.

7 February 2013

Cumbria nuclear store plans dropped

Plans to consider sites in west Cumbria for a national underground repository for radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel have been dropped

7 February 2013

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7 February 2013

Reform will make office conversions to housing easier

New permitted development rights which will allow offices to be converted into housing without the need for planning permission have been formally announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

31 January 2013

Ministers relax planning rules for free schools

Developers of free schools will find it easier to convert empty and underused buildings and move more quickly into their preferred site following new measures to remove planning red tape, the Government has signalled.

31 January 2013

Route unveiled for second phase of high-speed rail

The Government has unveiled proposals for the next phase of the UK's HS2 high-speed rail line, promising a "faster and greener" service between London and the North.

31 January 2013

Forum goes to court over Wycombe neighbourhood plan changes

Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum has been granted permission for judicial review of Wycombe District Council’s modifications of the group’s proposed neighbourhood plan.

31 January 2013

Council loses dispute over pavement tables and chairs

A restaurateur has won a High Court planning battle over the right to place tables and chairs on the pavement outside his restaurant.

31 January 2013

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31 January 2013

More measures to streamline planning applications proposed

Further measures designed to streamline the planning application process have been put out for consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

24 January 2013

Record fine for Doncaster man who flouted planning law

A Doncaster man has been handed fines and costs totaling more than a quarter of a million pounds for "flagrant" breaches of planning law...

24 January 2013

Wind farm consent overturned in High Court

South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has mounted a successful High Court challenge to planning permission granted by a planning inspector to Broadview Energy Ltd for a wind farm on land between the villages of Helmdon and Greatworth near Brackley.

24 January 2013

Aldershot urban extension moves up a gear

Rushmoor Borough Council has received an outline planning application from developer Grainger plc for an urban extension to Aldershot involving the 255-hectare former Aldershot Garrison site.

24 January 2013

'Be more courageous', infrastructure developers urged

Developers of nationally significant infrastructure projects should be more courageous and reduce unnecessary work on environmental assessments.

24 January 2013

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24 January 2013

Ministers decide against devolving highway stopping-up regime

Ministers have decided against devolving the highway stopping-up and diversion order process to local authority level.

17 January 2013

Green Belt retirement scheme rejected

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has turned down on appeal a retirement scheme proposed for a Green Belt site in Yorkshire.

17 January 2013

First replacement guidance published for major infrastructure planning

The Government has published the first set of replacement guidance for the Planning Act regime for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs). This covers the pre-application process.

17 January 2013

Northern Ireland Planning Bill unveiled

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood has published legislation aiming to ensure that planning is more efficient and economy-friendly in the run-up to the transfer of planning powers to councils.

17 January 2013

Illegal car park in Green Belt costs landowner

South Bucks District Council has won a lengthy battle against the owner of Green Belt land opposite Wexham Park Hospital which had been used as an unauthorised car park, contrary to national and local Green Belt policies.

17 January 2013

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17 January 2013

Cash for communities that choose development

Communities that tackle the legacy of inadequate house-building and choose to accept new housing will benefit directly from generous cash incentives, Planning Minister Nick Boles has announced.

10 January 2013

Planning guidance reform out for consultation

The Government has begun consulting on major changes to planning guidance including its scope and how it is communicated.

10 January 2013

More flexible stop notice regime for traveller sites proposed

The Government has issued a consultation on proposals to give local authorities greater freedom to prevent unauthorised traveller sites by making use of temporary stop notices.

10 January 2013

Information requirements for planning applications set to change

An Order amending the rules on the information which must be submitted with an English planning application will come into force on 31 January.

10 January 2013

Minister decides rail freight project

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced he is "minded to approve" planning permission for a major rail freight terminal at a Green Belt location in Hertfordshire - a disused airfield at Radlett near St Albans.

10 January 2013

Watchdog critical over beach hut error

Isle of Wight Council procedures have been criticised by the Local Government Ombudsman after officers approved a plan for the use of new beach huts without checking that it complied with councillors' instructions.

10 January 2013

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10 January 2013