Planning

DCLG: has published further details of ‘special measures’ plan
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Local hearings will be held by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to help determine applications where developers have chosen to bypass planning departments that have been placed in ‘special measures’, the government has revealed.

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Ben Pentreath’s new town receives £32m government backing
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Sherford near Plymouth will provide 5,500 homes and is masterplanned by The Prince’s Foundation A proposed new town in Devon with house and streetscapes designed by Ben Pentreath and a masterplan by the Prince’s Foundation has received £32 million of government funding. Sherford will be built on a 485ha site near Plymouth and include 5,500 […]

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BPF – Property industry calls for further reforms to Judicial review
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The BPF has today called for government to consider further reforms to streamline the judicial review process and reduce the unnecessary delay and cost to development projects…

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‘Little’ evidence HS2 will rebalance economy, says watchdog
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The business case for the HS2 high-speed rail project contains ‘little’ supporting evidence to prove that the link will help to rebalance the economy by boosting regional economic growth, according to a report by the public spending watchdog.

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RTPI announces shortlist for rural planning award
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Wales Coast Path: shortlisted for RTPI rural planning award Wales Coast Path: shortlisted for RTPI rural planning award RTPI announces shortlist for rural planning award Three projects from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been shortlisted by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for this year’s Exemplary Rural Planning award.

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Growth and Infrastructure Bill given royal assent
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The government’s flagship Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which includes controversial proposals to make it easier for homeowners to build extensions to their properties without planning consent, has completed the legislative process.

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Automatic fines plea for deliberate planning breaches – Jeremy Lefroy MP
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A backbench MP has launched a bill enabling councils to impose “substantial” fines where planning laws have been deliberately breached.

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Heseltine urges LEPs to ‘revolt’ against Whitehall for greater powers
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Lord Heseltine has urged business-led local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to ‘revolt’ against central government to demand control over powers and funding.

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Get your kicks on the A66 – Localism
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The A66 runs, not from Chicago to Los Angeles like its American counterpart, but from Middlesbrough to Workington. I remember it from my youth; straight as a die on the old roman road and then winding its way laboriously over often snow-bound Pennine passes and through beautiful Cumbrian villages. And it is in some of […]

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Prisk: LEPs’ housing role won’t extend to setting targets
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New homes: councils to maintian ‘central role’ in housing targets Local authorities will still play the central role in deciding how many homes an area needs despite plans for business-led enterprise partnerships to gain greater control over housing, a senior minister has said.

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Converting Office Blocks
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When it comes to changing the rules on converting offices into residential, the government has dithered somewhat in recent years.

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