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.

May 25, 2017
In a week overshadowed by the terrible tragedy in Manchester, political campaigning has largely been on hold – except for the UKIP Manifesto launched on Thursday.
May 19, 2017
The Conservative Manifesto was published last week, committing the Party to delivering one-and-a-half million new homes over seven years.
May 19, 2017
The Liberal Democrats published their Manifesto last week, with one surprising omission.
May 12, 2017
The Labour Manifesto was leaked last week, including the Party’s planning and housing policies.
May 12, 2017
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has issued an election-time call for Councils to go below their Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) in their local plans.
May 5, 2017
Elections for England’s County Councils and Unitary Authorities on Thursday saw the Conservative Party extend its hold on local government, suggesting a healthy parliamentary majority for Theresa May on June 8th.
May 5, 2017
As Parliament wound up last week, the Communities and Local Government Select Committee published its ‘Capacity in the Homebuilding Industry’ Report.
April 27, 2017
The Neighbourhood Planning Bill, first announced in May 2016, passed into law on Thursday.
April 27, 2017
MPs and the Mayor of London have written to the Government to press for a commitment to deliver the Crossrail 2 railway line, to run from Cheshunt to Chessington across London, along with 200,000 new homes along its route.

April 27, 2017
The Labour Party has highlighted the house-building record of Labour councils, as it seeks to make housing a key election issue.
Politics of Planning
Case Studies
New food store
Shropshire Council
Japanese cultural centre
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Elderly accommodation
Stockport Borough Council
Mixed-use redevelopment
Vale of White Horse District Council
130 homes
Runnymede Borough Council
Gerrards Cross
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
James Murray
June 09, 2017