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Winners, Losers And Litigants

Last week I wondered in this blog if the Government proposals for assessing what it chose to call housing need would provoke endless legal challenges. I was challenged myself, though mercifully not in the courts, by someone who pointed out there would be no danger of this as the consultation paper p...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 October 2017

Congestion, Capacity, Carbon, Confusion

Congestion, Capacity, Carbon are the priorities for national infrastructure. Or so the new National Infrastructure Commission report says. I think one could add another issue that needs to be addressed. Confusion. The Consultation on a National Infrastructure Assessment launched by the National Infr...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 October 2017

Bring On The Lawyers

Lawyer-led planning is probably not something anyone would want. But that could be the way we are heading. As our report this year demonstrated, Garden Towns and Garden Villages are neither towns nor villages. They tend to be low-density, car-dependent suburbs, unwanted by anyone except their develo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 11 October 2017

Latest News

New Bill will limit council powers to impose conditions

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill will require councils to seek developers consent to pre-commencement conditions....

Added on 09 September 2016

Racing carries substantial weight at Newmarket

Sajid Javid has turned down three major greenfield housing schemes in the East of England, but has approved one in David Camerons constituency....

Added on 07 September 2016

UK should still respect European green laws

Ten European environmental bodies have told leaders the UK must respect present and future EU green laws if it wants access to the single market....

Added on 02 September 2016

MPs voice transport sustainability concerns

A select committee of MPs has told the DfT to pay more attention to sustainability and emissions....

Added on 01 September 2016

Changes to Planning Framework Delayed

The reforms will not now be announced until the autumn....

Added on 29 July 2016

Metro expansion for North East proposed

Councils in North East England have published rail extension plans...

Added on 29 July 2016

Chicago pays millions for land remediation

The City is to spend heavily on remediation in seven industrial areas...

Added on 29 July 2016

Liverpool terraces spring back to life

Refurbishment of the long-threatened Welsh Streets begins soon...

Added on 29 July 2016