Politics of Planning

Politics of Planning is our weekly planning update, bringing you the news and analysis you need to plot a successful planning course though fast-changing political waters.

April 20, 2017
Sajid Javid and his DCLG team have been pursuing a distinctive policy agenda over the past nine months – will they be in a position to implement it after 8 June?
April 20, 2017
As the Conservatives look to win seats in the Midlands and North, and the Liberal Democrats target the South, a lot of seats are in play. We can expect candidates to use local development issues to try and tilt contests in their favour.
April 7, 2017
Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has called on housebuilders to improve design standards.

April 7, 2017
DCLG confirmed last week that all local authorities will be required to maintain brownfield planning registers, through which developers can apply for planning permission in principle.
April 7, 2017
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing John Healey MP has attacked the Government’s Help to Buy loan scheme.
April 7, 2017
Last Tuesday SP Broadway held a Politics of Planning breakfast roundtable discussion with Waltham Forest Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and High Streets, and Leader-elect, Cllr Clare Coghill.
March 31, 2017
The future growth of the City of Westminster is to be consulted on, and increasing building height is top of the agenda. 
March 17, 2017
Housing Minister Gavin Barwell was in Cannes last week, setting out his support for development at the annual MIPIM property event.
March 17, 2017
The Government has supported an amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, which will allow local authorities to use compulsory purchase powers under the New Towns Act.
March 17, 2017
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has approved two prominent residential schemes that were initially refused planning permission on height grounds.
Politics of Planning
Case Studies
Elderly accommodation
Stockport Borough Council
Mixed-use redevelopment
Vale of White Horse District Council
130 homes
Runnymede Borough Council
6 apartments
South Bucks District Council
350 homes
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
145 houses
Harrogate Borough Council
4,254 houses
Vale of White Horse District Council
200 houses
South Somerset District Council
New food store
Chelmsford City Council
62 houses
Maidstone Borough Council