Planning cases


UK soil sealing accelerating

New CORINE land cover maps of the UK show that, in just six years, 22,000ha of farmland, forest and wetland was covered by buildings or hard surfaces.
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The high road to low environmental value

An organisation has published guidelines which purport to define "high environmental value" on brownfield sites, but they could achieve the exact opposite.
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Scottish green belt warning

There are warnings that a so-called "presumption in favour of sustainable development" in the Scottish Planning Policy will result in major greenfield land releases, following a green belt decision outside Edinburgh.
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Four more London zones announced

The mayor of London has announced four more brownfield housing zones.
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Regeneration dividend demonstrated

A new study of the Gorbals in Glasgow reveals the economic benefits of regeneration, planning and place making.
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Sustainable transport points to brownfield-first

A major new report urges a smart growth approach to planning which puts access to sustainable transport high among the objectives new development must achieve.
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lockedLocal development order advice available

A new website has been launched to share advice and experience on using local development orders for sites of less than 100 homes.
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Scottish site allocation claims

A report by a planning consultant has attacked residential site allocations by councils in Scotland's central belt for allocating too many in weaker market areas - where prices are low and inhabitants poorer -but these areas are where most sustainably located brownfield land lies.
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Cities’ climate change threats mapped

The European Environment Agency has published interactive maps showing European cities' vulnerability to a range of climate change threats.
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Senior planners question Clark move

The Planning Officers' Society is warning that calling in Maldon's draft local plan risks jeopardizing the independence and authority of inspectors.
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