Javid approves 120 homes rejected by his predecessors for neighbourhood plan conflict

Javid approves 120 homes rejected by his predecessors for neighbourhood plan conflict

Sajid Javid has approved a 120-home scheme in a West Sussex neighbourhood plan area that was turned down by the two communities secretaries that preceded him.

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Draft national policy statement for future nuclear facilities published

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Criteria to assess large new nuclear power stations and consultation on sites was published yesterday by the government.


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Welsh planning secretary Lesley Griffiths has granted consent for a combined heat and power plant at Pembroke Oil Refinery, accepting an inspector's conclusion that the scheme would support jobs.

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Authorities are under increasing pressure to sign up to larger-than-local plans, by Richard Garlick

Authorities are under increasing pressure to sign up to larger-than-local plans, by Richard Garlick

Strategic planning across areas larger than a single local authority was anathema to the coalition government's champions of localism. When then communities secretary Eric Pickles announced that he was abolishing the regional spatial strategies (RSSs) that required such larger-than-local work, he said that he was freeing communities from "failed Soviet-style top-down planning targets".

A history of planning in 11 objects, by Graeme Bell

A history of planning in 11 objects, by Graeme Bell

With Christmas around the corner, let's turn our mind to festive jollies. Pinching a good idea from Neil MacGregor, former director of the British Museum, I propose a history of planning in 11 objects, something on which every planner will have an opinion. Here are mine:

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13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

The draft revised version of the London Plan was published for consultation this week. We highlight 13 things you need to know about the key proposed policy changes.

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