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.

March 9, 2018
In her speech to the National Planning Conference last week, Prime Minister Theresa May outlined key changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, which are now out for consultation
March 2, 2018
Balmoral Estates, the Queen’s Highland summer residence, has had its application to build a hydroelectric power scheme challenged, demonstrating that even Her Majesty’s plans can be called-in!
February 23, 2018
A Kantar Public poll of 2,500 adults in the UK has found that 31% of the British public rank affordable housing as one of their top three priorities, with only healthcare ranking higher.
February 16, 2018
The number of young adults owning their own home has more than halved, and this could have a big impact on May's local government elections.
February 9, 2018
On Wednesday 14 February, SP Broadway hosted a Politics of Planning roundtable breakfast discussion with at Gatwick Airport with Cllr Peter Lamb on development and planning issues in Crawley Borough. 
February 2, 2018
Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Housing John Healey is considering radical proposals to force landowners to sell land a new ‘Sovereign Land Trust’ at knockdown prices to increase social housebuilding.
January 12, 2018
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Theresa May implemented her first cabinet reshuffle since last June’s General Election, appointing Dominic Raab MP as Minister for Housing and Planning.
January 5, 2018
The Conservatives could lose up to half of their London Boroughs in the Spring 2018 London elections, according to Tory election analyst Lord Hayward.
January 5, 2018
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan makes a statement of intent, as he blocks a large estate regeneration scheme in North London due to an ‘unacceptable’ loss of social homes.
December 22, 2017
As 2017 draws to a close, we thank our clients and colleagues for another great year. We look forward to providing first-class advice in 2018!
Politics of Planning
Case Studies
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Runnymede Borough Council
94 new homes
Waverley Borough Council
518 new homes…
London Borough of Bexley
Post consent amendments…
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Mineral extraction
Buckinghamshire County Council
394 new homes
Havering Borough Council
90 new homes
Stroud District Council
3,500 new homes
South Cambridgeshire District Council
1,800 new homes
Waverley Borough Council
2,204 new homes
Malvern Hills District Council, Wychavon District Council, Worcester City Council
Cllr Ian Ward
June 14, 2019
Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE
May 28, 2019
Cllrs Mark Dance & Mike Whiting
April 24, 2019