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.

How planners should approach the new requirement to produce design codes

The new requirement for councils to draw up local design codes means they will need to carry out extensive community engagement and closely involve developers and landowners, practitioners have advised, though local authority resource and skills deficits will need to be addressed.

The implications of tightened planning rules for removing controversial statues

Government moves to make it harder for councils to remove historic statues and memorials will mean planners making “political” and “moral” judgments, experts claim, while a requirement to notify the secretary of state when such situations arise is likely to create more work for local authority planning teams.