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Charity urges MPs to back home extensions amendment
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Charity Civic Voice says that more than 250 of its members have written to MPs to urge them to support an amendment to the government’s growth bill which would allow councils to opt out of plans to allow households to build larger extensions without the need for planning consent.

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Plans approved for 450 Nottinghamshire green belt homes
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An outline application has been approved for 450 homes on a 27.5-hectare green belt site on the edge of Stapleford in Nottinghamshire.

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Urban Farming Is Growing a Green Future
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Green Gotham With seven billion mouths to feed, human agriculture exerts a tremendous toll on the planet, from water draws to pollution, and from energy use to habitat loss. But there is also a growing set of solutions, from organic agriculture to integrated pest management.

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Northern Ireland Sustainable Planning Awards
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Over the last two years, the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) and the RSPB in Northern Ireland have joined forces to promote sustainable development through the Sustainable Planning Awards. RTPI/RSPB NI Sustainable Planning Awards 2012 Applications are now being accepted for the fourth annual RSPB/Royal Town Planners Institute (RTPI) Sustainable Planning Awards.

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New costs regime ‘may lead to surge in claims’
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Newly introduced rules to cap claimants’ exposure to legal costs in environmental judicial reviews could lead to an upsurge in the number of planning-related legal challenges, legal experts have said.

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Firm picked to draw up Swansea ‘tidal lagoon’ masterplan
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Consultancy LDA Design has been appointed to produce a masterplan for new area of public realm and facilities along the edge of a proposed man-made electricity-generating lagoon in Swansea Bay.

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Wind farm restrictions mooted for Scottish countryside
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Areas of the Scottish countryside could be protected from large-scale wind farms under proposals being considered by Holyrood.

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Are planning laws killing our wildlife?
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Gardens are essential for many British wildlife species. The green spaces attached to many homes are emergency sanctuaries for birds and other animals during extreme weather.

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Log-in to read more about Pickles announces revocation of final three regional plans
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Pickles announces revocation of final three regional plans and other planning and property news, analysis and case studies from Planning magazine online.

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Self and custom build to have key role in future Garden Cities
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Councils urged to understand need for new, better-quality and greener living Self build homes should play a key part in any new Garden Cities or major urban extensions. This is one of the main conclusions of a new report published by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). ‘Creating Garden Cities and Suburbs Today – […]

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Liverpool’s rotting, shocking ‘housing renewal’: how did it come to this?
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Social cleansing sold as ‘Pathfinder’ has left areas like Anfield in half-demolished limbo. Yet its champions won’t back down

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