Promoting and enhancing best practice and technical expertise

10 key things that happened in the Planning world this week...

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that Prime minister Boris Johnson has promised to "review" planning regulations to tackle the country's housing crisis.


Johnson made the announcement alongside a pledge that the government will fund a new cross-Pennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds. More.


Seven local planning authorities could be at risk of 'special measures' designation after exceeding the government's threshold for the percentage of decisions overturned at appeal, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). More.


Former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has become a minister of state at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), though her exact responsibilities remain unclear. More.


A government spokesman in the House of Lords has said ministers will "learn lessons" from an appeal decision allowing windlowless flats under permitted development (PD) rights, after a Labour peer suggested that it would be "illegal to keep animals in these circumstances, let alone human beings". More.


Plans to build 28 homes in the grounds of a Surrey mansion have been blocked by a High Court judge who backed an inspector's ruling that the scheme's impact on an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) should be given more weight than the council's lack of a five-year housing land supply. More.


The High Court has ruled that councils do not have the power to extend decision deadlines for agricultural-to-residential prior approval determinations under the General Permitted Development Order (GDPO) 2015. More.


The High Court has overturned a Suffolk council's approval for a six-home development for a second time because planning committee members failed to give any reasons for their decision, which went against the advice of officers. More.


Revised planning guidance on noise includes new sections on how the 'agent of change' principle can be managed in the planning process, with clarification that the principle applies to areas near airports and advice on how noise from aviation activities and airport expansion can be mitigated. More.


Revised planning guidance suggests a range of non-retail uses that councils can support in town centres in response to changing shopping and leisure habits, including allowing more residential development in such areas. More.


The mayor of London has approved plans for an 844-home 16-storey development on an out of town retail park site after the scheme was refused by the London Borough of Barnet on the grounds of over-development. More.


Source: Planning Resource

1 August 2019