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So, it is official. The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states in black and white that as long as your neighbourhood plan is no more than 2 years old and has policies and allocations to meet your housing requirements, then your local planning authority only need demonstrate a 3-year supply of housing to fend …

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As we move into a new year, the temptation is always to look forward and say how things need to change over the coming 12 months. But as I think about the challenges facing us in 2018, I feel like what I want to say has been said at the start of every year this …

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Working in planning is a fascinating business, if only to marvel at the sheer volume of information that is thrown your way. Perhaps this is not surprising given how hot a topic planning is at the moment (others may regard it differently but we planners area easily pleased – lukewarm is difficult to pick up …

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  I was born and bred a north Londoner (so that means I’ve probably instantly alienated a large proportion of you reading this). I no longer live there but still have strong ties and go back every summer to catch up with people. I am also a cyclist (hopefully that has alienated fewer of you, …

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In the planning world, terms tend to enter the lexicon and embed themselves. They become so established that they quickly lose their meaning; or at least they become accepted almost universally. One of these terms that is firmly ensconced in the dictionary of planning (a cracking read if you like that sort of thing) is …

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I love Holland, I love the Dutch. They have a wonderful culture of exploration. Their love of the outdoors, particularly when on a bike, is well known. But every time I go to Holland I discover something new and interesting which leaves me thinking, ‘if only we had that in the UK…’ A recent visit …

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Lies, damn lies and statistics – a view on neighbourhood plan surveys “Right, the first thing we need to do is prepare a survey” he says. “Why?” I ask. “So we can understand what people think” he says. “About what?” I ask. “Well, about all the issues we want to cover in our plan” he …

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Communities, local authorities and developers working together – wouldn’t that be something? It takes a particularly eagled-eyed parliamentarian to pick out a gem from the list of House of Lords Private Members Bills. Along with the ‘Regulation of Political Opinion’ Bill (wouldn’t that be something?) and the ‘Chancel Repairs’ Bill (bound to be a big …

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  Last night I was fortunate enough to be part of a select gathering talking about the future of London. For everyone outside London reading this, don’t switch off…this blog is not going to be a lengthy analysis of London’s problems. We had been invited by Joy Lo Dico, an Evening Standard journalist locking to …

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