The housing secretary has commissioned a review into how the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) and planning policy “considers and defends heritage” in the wake of a controversial government decision last week that granted consent for the redevelopment of a Grade II-listed historic former foundry in London into a mixed-use hotel scheme.
The Supreme Court addressed the correct interpretation of time limits on legal challenges to decisions taken during neighbourhood plan processes, in rejecting a landowner’s latest attempt to challenge a neighbourhood plan that did not allocate its site for housing.
Greening junctions and roads can be part of active travel strategies to encourage greater walking and cycling, writes Ben Kochan.
A report that housing secretary Robert Jenrick is considering a levy on developers who fail to build out homes with planning permission, possibly involving council tax payments, leads today’s media round-up.
The City of London Corporation has approved a new Article 4 Direction to ensure that, from next year, it retains planning control over proposals made under the controversial new commercial-to-residential permitted development (PD) right.
The government has announced a fresh six-month delay to an already-held-up decision on plans for an upgrade to a junction on the M25 in Surrey, as well as a new deadline for a postponed decision on a 1.8 gigawatt wind farm off the Norfolk coast.
Newly re-elected London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed his current deputy mayors for planning, housing and transport in the capital will remain in post.
A junior minister has approved plans to redevelop a Grade II-listed historic former foundry in Whitechapel into a mixed-use scheme containing new work spaces and a cafe, after prior warnings from legal experts that the secretary of state’s involvement in the decision could raise judicial review risks following a ministerial error.
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.
We highlight eight areas of England where changes in political control following last week’s local and mayoral elections are likely to have the greatest impact on planning and development.