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Town Deal

Blackpool amongst first Town Deals worth nearly £180m

Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Darlington, Peterborough, Norwich, Torquay and Warrington are set to benefit from up to £178.7m in new Town Deals.
Housing crisis, standard method,

Revised formula for assessing housing need: The North-South divide

Antony Pollard, head of economics at Turley, discusses the debate around the changes to the Standard Method in calculating housing need, and whether those changes square with the government’s levelling-up agenda.
Planning policy reforms, planning reform, planning system

The impacts of planning reform on employment land

After speaking at the Westminster Briefing event on Planning Policy Reforms Under the New Government, Institute of Economic Development director Stuart Hardisty looks at where the recent and proposed reforms to the planning system will take us.
Sustainable transport, garden cities,

New Garden Cities must have sustainable transport at their core

Holistically planned new communities have the opportunity to become exemplars of sustainable travel but this will be an opportunity missed without commitment and investment from the outset, argues Katy Lock, director – communities at the Town & Country Planning Association.
planning system, property industry,

‘Technology and data at the heart’ of planning system reforms

Property industry experts have called for the government to prioritise data standardisation, collaboration and community engagement in planning system reforms.
Local Plans, engaging communities

Why Local Plans are the answer to engaging communities

Alex Yedigaroff, head of transformation at dxw, looks at the importance of local plans for community engagement in the face of the planning system overhaul.
Hull maritime museum

£12m Hull Maritime Museum refurbishment seeks contractor

The search is on to find a company to undertake the £12m refurbishment of the Hull Maritime Museum, and the Dock Office Chambers.
potteries museum

Morgan Sindall to deliver Stoke Spitfire museum extension

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has appointed Morgan Sindall Construction to erect a £5.4m extension for the city’s Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.
Community Infrastructure Levy,

Community Infrastructure Levy regime: What do developers need to know?

Julia Berry, planning specialist at Reed Smith, discusses the Community Infrastructure Levy regime in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
speculative development

Councils call on housing secretary to stop ‘speculative’ development

With work on many local development sites at a standstill, East and West Sussex local authorities and Brighton & Hove City Council have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government asking for urgent steps to curb ‘speculative and unplanned development’.
Canal Village,

Plans submitted for £115m ‘Canal Village’ in Warwickshire

Plans have been submitted for the first phase of the £115m Canal Village in Warwickshire, which will see the creation of 212 new homes and community facilities.

Planning reform: 10 takeaways from Planning for the Future

10 things you need to know about the government’s latest plans for planning from Nigel Hewitson and Ben Stansfield of Gowling WLG.
digital projects,

Six councils get slice of £1.2m for innovative digital projects

Six councils across the UK will receive a share of £1.2m to drive innovative digital projects to improve public services, the government has announced.
Ford Airfield, development

Planning submitted for development on former Ford Airfield

Wates Developments and Redrow Homes have submitted a planning application to create 1,500 new homes on the former Ford Airfield in West Sussex.
local Plan, duty to cooperate,

The importance of duty to cooperate in Local Plans

Kate Jardine, senior associate of planning at Thomson Snell & Passmore, looks at the importance of duty to cooperate in Local Plans and advises on best practice for planning authorities and public bodies.
Planning system,

Assessing the planning system landscape in 2020

Victoria Hills, chief executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, looks at the key planning system issues that need to be addressed in 2020.
standard method, Lichfields, housebuilding,

Standard Method fails the North’s housebuilding targets, research shows

Lichfields’ research shows that in seven local councils across the North, planned housebuilding numbers have been reduced by between 3% and 25%, due to the Standard Method.
housing design, housing developments

Audit slams ‘a decade of disastrous housing design’ in England

The design of new housing schemes in England is ‘mediocre’ and ‘poor’, leading to ‘a decade of disastrous housing design’, according to research conducted by UCL for CPRE and the Place Alliance.
Garden Communities, local plan, Housing delivery,

Garden Communities, Local Plans and housing delivery

Garden Communities can help meet local housing needs, but require confidence over implementation to avoid housing delivery failure, says Lachlan Anderson-Frank of planning and development consultancy Lichfields.
Excellence in Planning, South Downs National Park Authority,

National Park achieves award for its local plan

The South Downs National Park Authority has received a major award from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for the environmental excellence of its Local Plan.
Garden Communities,

Garden Communities unlikely to reach full potential until 2030

Research into the Government initiative centred on Garden Communities has revealed that since 2014 49 projects have been announced which could deliver 400,000 new homes.
affordable homes in Dorset, Dorset council, Northern Planning,

Planning committee approves plans for affordable homes in Dorset

Affordable homes in both Okeford Fitzpaine and Sturminster Newton have been approved following a Dorset Council Northern Planning Committee meeting.
local authority planners, RTPI

Local authority housebuilding needs planners to succeed, says RTPI

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said local authority planners are ‘vital’ in balancing the support and promotion of council-led developments with impartial scrutiny of all developments.
Placemaking, access to healthcare,

Placemaking can reduce unequal access to healthcare, says Mace

Placemaking interventions can help reduce the impact of unequal access to healthcare in areas across the country, reducing overall inequality, a new report from Mace has stated.
section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act, Local Planning Authorities,

The scope of section 73 orders may have just become clearer

In a key decision handed down by the Court of Appeal, it has been made clear that Local Planning Authorities cannot use section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to change the description of a development granted planning permission.
importance of planning, the next government

Better neighbourhood planning needed ahead of General Election

The RTPI has stated the importance of planning in a fast-paced, changing world in areas such as climate change, communities and nations.

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