• Planning Reforms: Data can shine a light on the true social value of development

    21 September 2020

    Liam Ronan-Chlond  says the challenges for both public and private sectors is how to properly measure the impact development has in the community – and technology can play a pivotal role.

  • Councils warn of 'housebuilding fiasco'

    15 September 2020

    New government housing targets will lead to a north-south divide in England, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

  • No by-elections before May, ministers confirm

    14 September 2020

    Ministers have confirmed that no by-elections or neighbourhood planning referendums will take place in England before May.

  • Pincher tries to soothe Tory fears over new housing formula

    03 September 2020

    Housing minister Christopher Pincher has attempted to soothe Tory fears over the Government’s new methodology for calculating local need.

  • Building foundations for community health

    01 September 2020

     A new report calls on the Government to put public health at the heart of housing delivery. Paul O’Brien of APSE and Dr Daniel Slade highlight the main recommendations.

  • Housing MJ: The rebuild starts here

    30 August 2020

    Amid the gloom of the current housing crisis, Jackie Sadek says local authorities can take the lead in forging the partnerships that can help rebuild our homes and local economies.

  • Housing targets hit Tory shires most, ministers are warned

    25 August 2020

    Ministers have been warned that proposed changes to the housing targets formula outlined earlier this month could mean more developments in rural Conservative-held council areas than in Labour-held inner cities.

  • Planning for the future and understanding the past

    21 August 2020

    David Arminger takes a look at what’s wrong with the planning system, and argues a Right to Build would  be a way to encourage new entrant innovators to the market.

  • On solid ground?

    18 August 2020

    Despite some interesting proposals, Sir Bob Neill has a mixed reaction to the latest planning White Paper and fears other areas of the housebuilding process need assessing first.

  • A demolition job on the planning system

    18 August 2020

    The Prime Minister regards the new planning White Paper as ‘levelling the foundations’ of the present system but critics say it emasculates the role of local authorities. Michael Burton takes a look at what the paper proposes.

  • Fears for small unitaries over Clarke's reorganisation shake-up

    18 August 2020

    Existing small unitaries could be at risk in the looming reorganisation shake-up after the Government failed to offer assurances about their future.

  • Reforms to fast-track local plans

    06 August 2020

    Councils will face sanctions unless they draw-up local plans within 30 months under government proposals to overhaul the planning system.

  • Planning shakeup to ‘sideline’ councils

    03 August 2020

    Councils have warned they will be ‘sidelined’ by new planning regulations to be unveiled this week.

  • Jenrick ‘regrets’ Desmond encounter

    22 July 2020

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has expressed regret at meeting and exchanging text messages with party donor Richard Desmond before granting planning permission for the Westferry Printworks development.

  • Delivering homes and communities fit for the future

    21 July 2020

    Lessons from the pandemic have given councils ‘a once in a generation’ opportunity to reform outdated planning principles, say Adam Cunnington and Julian Lockwood.

  • Charities warn over planning 'deregulation'

    20 July 2020

    Government plans to overhaul planning rules post-Brexit have come under fire from environmental groups.

  • Plan, plan and plan again!

    14 July 2020

    Sarah Longlands argues that 'if we really want to build back better, creating decent homes and communities in which to live, then good strategic planning is part of the solution, rather than a scapegoat for politicians'.

  • A tale of two planning controversies

    13 July 2020

    Kenneth Carruthers ponders whether communities secretary Robert Jenrick’s recent planning difficulties are ‘a storm in a teacup or a slam dunk’.

  • Call for exercise boom to continue

    08 July 2020

    Paralympian champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has made a rallying call for the exercise boom to continue after lockdown.

  • Supporting more democratic, responsive urban planning and design

    02 July 2020

    In one of a series of essays on how the wisdom of citizens could support councils in managing cities after COVID-19, Peter Baeck and Sophie Reynolds look at the urban planning  and design process - and share inspiring examples from across the world.