The government’s scrapping of its multi-year Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) this week must not jeopardise funding for the planning system, which has a key role in the UK’s economic recovery, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.
Councils can access a new government income compensation scheme for loss of planning application fees as a result of Covid-19 measures, the housing ministry has announced.
Two Milton Keynes Conservative MPs have backed calls for housing secretary Robert Jenrick to investigate alleged failings in their local authority’s planning team.
A planning consultancy has announced that it has been appointed to carry out a series of town and city centre studies in east London, Bristol and Bedford to advise local authorities on the future of retail in the three locations.
Keating Chambers has appointed barrister Charles Banner QC to establish a new planning and environment practice at the chambers.
The housing ministry has announced the appointment of the first female chief planner. Commentators say Joanna Averley’s arrival suggests the government is keen to show that it is concerned with upholding design quality standards, though there is some debate about how influential she could be over ministers.
Thirteen planning consultancies have been appointed to a £750 million four-year contractor framework for housing association projects across the North West and Yorkshire.
Folkestone and Hythe District Council has appointed a planning consultancy to prepare a masterplan and design codes for the proposed 10,000-home Otterpool Park garden town.
More than nine in ten planning consultancies are now furloughing staff in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, while more than two-thirds have introduced both temporary pay cuts and a recruitment freeze, according to Planning’s latest survey.
Most planning consultancies in our updated survey report that demand for their services is now stronger compared to the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 lockdown, but the vast majority of firms are still pessimistic about the long-term impact on workloads.