How councils are handling the return to face-to-face planning committees

As councils “reluctantly” return to holding physical planning committees that allow public attendance in light of recent court rulings, many face a logistical headache in organising lawful meetings that comply with current Covid restrictions. This has resulted in some authorities postponing meetings this month, observers say, while others seek bigger accommodation or are even using marshalls and ticketing systems.

Developer contributions shake-up to proceed in new planning bill

Plans to create a “more predictable and more transparent” developer contributions levy to replace the current system of section 106 agreements and the community infrastructure levy (CIL) will proceed in the upcoming planning bill, the government confirmed today.

Top barrister to speak at National Planning Summit

A leading barrister will discuss how a proposed new duty for developers to deliver a ten per cent uplift in biodiversity through their schemes will work in practice at Planning’s virtual national conference on 18-19 May.

Correction

On Wednesday, we published a story ‘Go-ahead for 1,850-home Birmingham mixed-use scheme despite conservation area harm’.