Place making and net-zero 'key tenets' in planning reforms
Place making, net-zero and good design will be priorities for the Government's planning reforms, a top mandarin has said.
Gove: Planning reform not off the agenda
New housing secretary Michael Gove has warned councillors that the idea of reforming the planning system was ‘not at all’ of the agenda.
Building quality of life
Sadie Morgan explains the role of the built environment on our health and wellbeing, and how planners and councils can improve quality of life through the design and management of new homes and buildings.
Improving flood resilience together
Giles Stevens says the National Infrastructure Commission is awaiting details of how the national indicators to monitor flooding trends being developed by the Government will work in practice. Avoiding the challenges is not an option, he adds.
How to build communities
We need a long-term approach to investing in housing and placemaking that puts the needs of communities first, says Jonathan Werran – and greater transparency will restore local trust in the planning process.
The logistics blame game must stop
The logistics sector can help to meet demand for both doorstep deliveries and jobs, but not without the space to create buildings for people to work in, says Robin Woodbridge.
Future Forum: Councils, not Whitehall, are leaders of place
Civil service ‘heads of place’ should not supplant councillors, Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive Mark Lloyd has said.
Future Forum: UK faces housing emergency
Stockport MBC’s chief executive has told The MJ’s Future Forum event that the UK faces a ‘housing emergency’.
Council accuses government of ignoring planned legal challenge
Blackpool Council has accused the Home Office and Serco of ignoring a planned legal challenge over the placement of 150 asylum seekers at a hotel.
Council officers in appeal bid against planning committee
Officers at Vale of Glamorgan Council are to lodge an appeal after its planning committee failed to grant permission for a housing development.
Councils’ net-zero hopes dashed
There are no plans for new powers, frameworks or funding overhauls in the Government’s net-zero strategy, ministers have admitted.
Districts hit back at think tank planning proposals
District councils have hit back at a think-tank’s call for the Government to transfer planning powers up to a ‘new, strategic geography’.
Here we go again on planning
Will the imminent Government planning proposals be the reforms that end all reforms, asks Steve Quartermain.
Planning overhaul ‘crucial’ to climate change
Changes to planning should be a priority in the fight against climate change, MPs have been told.
Ministers set to water down planning proposals
Speculation is growing that ministers are preparing to water down their proposed planning reforms.
Out of whack
Poor old Swale BC. The Kent-based district was clearly trying to improve its planning applications, but somehow it has all gone horribly wrong.
Councils ask for national support on climate change
Councils have said they stand ready to take action to reduce carbon emissions, but require action from central government.
Blackpool threatens action over asylum hotel plans
Blackpool Council has warned planning permission will be required to use a hotel to house hundreds of asylum seekers.
Planning’s darkest hour?
Hugh Ellis and Dan Stone ask why England’s national planning policy does not prioritise action on climate change. Government ‘is fiddling while the world burns’, they conclude.
Council leader warns of 'serious risks' over local plan withdrawal
Rutland CC’s decision to withdraw its local plan leaves it facing ‘serious risks,’ the authority’s own leader has warned.