Growth Programme

London’s Growth Programme

Hiro Aso and Ian Malcahey from leading global architecture and design practice Gensler, share their thoughts on London’s unprecedented growth
urban green infrastructure

Green roofs and the future of urban green infrastructure

Research by has created the first national picture of the market for green roofs. Dusty Gedge, the report’s co-author, discusses its findings and what can be done to further encourage urban green infrastructure
green oak home

A green oak home in the green belt

How to achieve planning for a green oak home when you are replacing a property that finds itself in the green belt and a Conservation Area – a planning consent story from Oakwrights Architectural Designer, Pete Tonks
Local Plans

Local Plans – cost vs correctness

Emma Jones, Manager at Ramboll Environ, and Ben Christian, Senior Planner at Vail Williams, discuss the Local Plans process
green belt

An important Green Belt backwater

Stephen Brooker, Director of Walsingham Planning, argues it is time to update our thinking about the Green Belt
approach to planning

New approach to planning to accelerate delivering homes

Community Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a new innovative approach to planning homes that will ensure they’re built where most needed, save councils millions of pounds and deliver affordable homes
SME house builders

Research reveals lack of land limits SME house builders

According to research by the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB), a lack of small sites and limited finance tops the list of barriers to SME house builders
planning applications

Planning applications subsidised by taxpayers to the tune of £1bn

Local taxpayers will be forced to spend £1 billion covering the cost of planning applications by 2022, the Local Government Association has warned.
Implementing suds

Implementing SuDS – where are we now?

With further guidance from the government on implementing SuDS unlikely, Phil Gelder of RAA Ltd assesses the state of play for stakeholders
Towns and village greens planning permission

Towns and Village Greens – continuing implications for new development

Towns and Village Greens are an old concept, but they still have implications for new developments as outlined here by Paul Grant of Stevens & Bolton
digitising planning

Digitising planning – developing trust and engagement

John Twitchen, PCSG’s Head of Cities and Communities calls for planners to digitise planning and notes the benefits for all parties involved in the process
Neighbourhood Planning Act

What impact will new conditions in the Neighbourhood Planning Act have?

The insertion of new conditions in the Neighbourhood Planning Act could have significant consequences for the sector. DLA Piper's Vanessa Ralph explains   The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017.  Not yet in force, section 14 of the 2017 Act inserts a new section 100ZA into...
planning application process

Changing the landscape of the planning application process

Karen Howard, Partner at DLA Piper explains how new legislation introduced in the Housing and Planning Act could impact the planning application process Important legislation was introduced in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 ("Act") which could change the landscape of the planning application process. Fundamental new provisions enable the...
Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations: What does it mean for planning?

Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations: What does it mean for planning?

Tom Wells, Head of Environmental Planning and Assessment at CBRE UK, summarises the key changes in Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations