Policy Updates

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Planning reforms slipped out

DCLG has slipped out a consultation proposing major planning reforms including change of use, discharge of conditions and environmental impact assessment during the summer recess.
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London looks to brownfield future

London can house its rapidly burgeoning population on its brownfield sites until at least 2025 says a new report on the massive infrastructure requirements involved.
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lockedEU defines degradation and contamination

The Commission is seeking views on a draft regulation defining severe degradation and heavy contamination of land for biofuel bonus purposes.
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Special measures council by-pass fails

The first attempt by a developer to by-pass local authority consent at a council in "special measures" has ended in failure after an inspector rejected plans for 220 greenfield homes.
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lockedCIEH brings C4SL dispute into the open

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has issued a Position Statement advising resistance to developers trying to use C4SLs to cut back on remediation.
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Boles cuts localism to size

Local authorities have no right to decide how many new homes their areas can accommodate says the planning minister.
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Boles says big limits on brownfield

The planning minister has listed the reasons why the Government believes English brownfield land only has capacity to accommodate 200,000 homes.
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lockedBoles defends brownfield policy

The planning minister has defended the Government's brownfield policies against attacks from MPs of all parties.
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Boles denies chopping as axe falls again

An examiner has suspended consideration of a local authority's core strategy for failing to meet Government housing requirements, but the planning minister has told MPs inspector's powers to impose changes have been removed and replaced by a "collaborative process".
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Scotland sends mixed planning messages

Scotland's new planning policies aim to support regeneration, densification and city economies - but also wants greenfield expansion where the market demands.
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