What the appointment of Joanna Averley as chief planner means for the sector

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.

Shortlist announced for 2020 Planning Awards

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Planning Awards, which recognise outstanding work by councils, consultants, developers, lawyers, voluntary groups and other important players in the UK planning system.