Planning news, views and insight – March 2020

This month: Will planning stop and development be delayed?, Housing pledges in spring 2020 budget, Sevenoaks local plan is dead, Should beauty be at the centre of our planning system? and how the Environment Bill is likely to impact the planning system.


  • Will planning stop and development be delayed?
    The Government is escalating its response to the Coronavirus pandemic, encouraging a comprehensive voluntary lockdown. It has just closed.. Read More
  • Housing Pledges in Spring 2020 Budget
    With the budget focused on the response to the Coronavirus crisis, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak did not have much space left for housing … Read more
  • Sevenoaks Local Plan is Dead
    The council has received further bad news – not only has the Sevenoaks Council failed in its duty to cooperate the inspector also has serious… Read more
  • Should Beauty be at the Centre of our Planning System? 
    The late Roger Scruton alongside co-author Nicholas Boys Smith, coined the idea of “building better, building beautiful” (BBBB). The now … Read more
  • How the Environment Bill is Likely to Impact the Planning System
    The Government first introduced the new Environment Bill in October 2019, with an updated version of the Bill being introduced on 30 January after… Read more


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