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.

September 15, 2017
Last week marked the return of Parliament after summer recess, and on Thursday Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid gave his ‘Local Housing Needs Statement’.
September 15, 2017
Minster for Housing and Planning Alok Sharma took to the stage at the RESI 2017 conference last week in the first major public address of his tenure.
August 25, 2017
DCLG has released new figures reporting that work was started on 164,960 homes in the last year - 13% more than the previous year and the highest figure since the financial crash in 2008.
August 25, 2017
A diverse group of campaigners are calling on the government to introduce land reform, in order to unlock funds for councils to build more affordable homes and infrastructure.
August 18, 2017
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched new ‘Supplementary Planning Advice’ in a bid to fulfil his manifesto pledge to increase the number of affordable homes in the capital.
August 18, 2017
John Howell MP, the Government’s ‘Champion for Neighbourhood Planning’, has voiced his concern over the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to overturn South Oxfordshire District Council’s refusal of planning permission for 95 new homes at Thames Farm, Shiplake.
August 11, 2017
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on Friday announced plans to make London the first ‘National Park City’ in the world, as he launched his draft London Environment Strategy consultation.
August 11, 2017
As Councils across the country progress their Local Plans, one Council has claimed they cannot proceed with a review of their Local Plan due to delays in the progress of a Government consultation to introduce a standardised approach to assessing housing requirements.
July 28, 2017
Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has announced Government plans to restrict the use of leasehold in the development sector.
July 28, 2017
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has expressed concern about some of the public open space provided by new London developments.
Politics of Planning
Case Studies
165 new homes
Wyre Borough Council
New food store
Shropshire Council
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
Robert Courts MP
November 16, 2017
Clive Betts MP
October 24, 2017