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Commentary on online retail menacing more than business rates
Concern expressed over councils’ increased reliance on business rates and government’s permitted development rights expansion
Local government will want to send out a warm welcome to a new report on planning in England.
“Mandating biodiversity net gain puts the environment at the heart of planning and development,” says environment secretary Michael Gove
Finn Williams, chief executive of social enterprise Public Practice, on the importance of retaining planning skills in-house
The government should set up a borrowing fund for councils without housing revenue accounts, says the DCN chair
The Raynsford Review describes restoring public confidence in the planning system as “one of our generation’s greatest challenges”
The government has responded to concerns over the viability of developer contributions
Infrastructure lawyers are sceptical about chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement that PFI and PF2 contracts will be abolished
The government is aware of four high-rise buildings with dangerous ACM cladding – resembling that found on the Grenfell Tower – without any plans to remove it, the housing minister has said.
A new government consultation has been launched into whether high street shops should be redeveloped without planning permission.
Local authorities are to receive an additional £675m in co-funding to help redevelop their local high streets, the chancellor has announced.
Sir Oliver recommended that build out rates could be increased in providing a greater diversity in the type and tenure of housing on large sites
A greater level of civic participation must be required in the development of cities, or society will adopt a “top-down approach” led by tech companies, academics have warned.
A high court judge suggested in March that guidance should be updated to help “address any misunderstandings” surrounding viability assessments
An independent investigation found the councillor had “not promoted and supported high standards of conduct”
LGC understands there will be no strings attached to the way extra flexibility is used
More green belt land was released in 2017-18 than in any previous year to date, new statistics from the Ministry of Communities, Housing & Local Government show.
Supporting the new vehicles will involve balancing three competing demands
The commission chair said it wanted the review aims to increase public involvement in the planning process.