A spotlight on: the Woolley neighbourhood plan

‘Go back to your communities and prepare neighbourhood plans’ – this is the message many will have drawn from this year’s planning reforms and last year’s Localism Act. Certainly, there has been a recent flurry of activity that goes beyond the original frontrunners, as those of us who keep one eye on a neighbourhood planning…

Guest blog: Growth vs Countryside – moving beyond dualism in planning?

By Professor Alister Scott Editor’s note: We’ve invited Birmingham City University’s planning expert, Professor Scott, to share his thoughts on the Government’s recent statements on planning. While these don’t necessarily reflect our views – especially in relation to the Green Belt! – it’s great to add to the debate on the subject. The current debate…

We need more houses – but in the right places

A national debate is raging over the coalition Government’s plans to cap housing benefit.  The dispute is bringing both Britain’s housing crisis, and deeply divided opinion over proposed planning reforms (NPPF), back into the spotlight. In the thick of this row, we found ourselves accused in the The Guardian – by CentreForum’s  Tim Leunig – of opposing housebuilding in…

Hot Property Week debate

Ian Wilson, National Trust head of government affairs, was on the panel of Property Week’s online debate this morning: Localism Act 2011 – Planning for 2012. He joined people from across the property industry: Giles Barrie, Editor in Chief, Property Week, who chaired the debate Killian Hurley, Chief Executive, Mount Anvil Nigel Hughes, Director, Planning…