Planning and Infrastructure

House of Lords report proposes integration of licensing and planning

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The House of Lords published a report titled "The Licensing Act 2003: post-legislative scrutiny". This report recommends the incorporation of licensing issues into the planning system. More …

"In defence of pubs": The proposed removal of permitted development rights

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill amendment has brought in some changes to the change of use or demolition of public houses. Here is an overview of the reforms. More …

Planning Briefing Paper – March 2017

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The House of Commons Library published a useful Briefing Paper - "Planning Reform Proposals." The paper draws together key planning reform measures taken and proposed since election of the Conservative Government in May 2015. More …

Housing White Paper: Five key planning points for developers

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We have picked through the Housing White Paper to identify these five key planning points for developers: More …

Joint Councils' Viability Report 2017

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Thirteen London Councils grouped together to commission an independent Viability Report which was published in January this year. More …

£7 billion affordable housing fund unlocked

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Yesterday the Government announced that a total fund of £7 billion has been made available in a "dramatic expansion" of its affordable housing programme. From 5 January, housing providers will be able to apply for a share of the fund which aims to deliver more than 200,000 new homes. More …

Planning for an autonomous world?

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If the Autumn Statement disclosed anything about the Chancellor's life at 11 Downing Street, it's that traffic on Whitehall is getting worse and Mr Hammond hasn't the time to drive himself to work. Well, that is one take on the commitment in the Autumn Statement to spend £390 million to support development of low emission and autonomous vehicles. More …

The power of social media – how it can be used effectively for planning and developers

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While social media has been a topic in planning circles since at least 2012, a recent release of data has reinvigorated interest in the subject. More …

Autumn Statement: Planning for Productivity

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'Productivity' was the key word for Chancellor Phillip Hammond whose Autumn Statement announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund worth £23 billion up to 2021. More …

Town and Village Greens: Wales v England

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The rights relating to town and village greens have long been enshrined in legislation but evolving legal procedures and the increasingly divergent regimes of England and Wales have further highlighted different attitudes towards dealing with barriers to development. More …