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Housing minister hits back at RIBA demand to build on green belt

The government’s new housing and planning minister, Brandon Lewis, has dismissed the RIBA’s call to build more new homes ‘on the unloved parts of the green belt’

Generic plans

Home plans winning ‘on appeal’

More than two-thirds of major housing developments currently going to appeal are being approved, new figures have revealed

John McAslan's proposals for Smithfield General Market images by DBOX for Henderson Global Investors

Pickles throws out John McAslan's Smithfield plans

The communities secretary Eric Pickles has rejected John McAslan controversial plans to convert Smithfield market into shops and offices

Shelter and PRP's shortlisted proposal

Revealed: proposals by five finalists in Garden Cities contest

The five finalists have been named in the competition to design a ‘visionary and economically viable’ new Garden City in a bid to solve Britain’s growing housing crisis

Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City diagram

Public backs garden cities

Three quarters of Britons back plans to tackle the housing shortage by building a series of new garden cities

WSP hospital overbuild

Build homes above hospitals, says WSP

WSP has said building homes above London’s existing NHS buildings could solve the capital’s housing shortage

Heygate estate

Council ordered to disclose Heygate’s affordable housing viability

A tribunal has ruled that Southwark Council disclose information on how the decision about affordable housing levels at the Heygate Estate was decided

Joe Morris

Imperfect and daring buildings will actually enhance London’s character

‘Context’ in planning terms is a perilous place, but one that, if mastered, is your right of passage to something unexpected, writes Joe Morris

Number of planning approvals: February 2013 to February 2014

Regional growth continues to outpace London

New figures showing the number of applications submitted last year reveal that the regions are catching up with London

New Forest design guide

New Forest design guide created

A Hampshire planning authority has created a design guide for the area to help architects


We must look to integrate advancing technology into our design thinking

Planning portal: High streets must provide a credible foil to the soullessness of e-commerce, writes Tessa O’Neill


Planning portal: Delivery-focused planning will keep Welsh talent in Wales

Delivery-focused planning will stay the emigration of Welsh design talent, writes Alan Francis

Generic plans

Government publishes updated planning guidance

The industry has welcomed updated planning guidance published by the government yesterday (6 February) but warns that further revisions will be needed before long

Generic plans

More Homes: Lib Dems want call-in powers slashed

The Liberal Democrats have resolved to further reform the planning system in order to meet their goal of building 300,000 new homes each year

Belfast City Centre

Northern Ireland faces planning policy shake-up

Northern Ireland’s environment minister Mark Durkan has launched a consultation into its proposed Strategic Planning Policy Statement (SPPS) which is set to consolidate more than 20 planning documents into just one  

Generic plans

Specialist planning court set to launch this summer

A specialist, new fast-track planning court for major developments will hear its first cases this summer

Green space

Better town planning could save £1bn a year, says RIBA

The RIBA’s latest report into the impact of cities on health has blamed lack of green spaces and poor city planning for the UK’s current obesity epidemic

John McAslan's proposals for Smithfield General Market images by DBOX for Henderson Global Investors

John McAslan versus SAVE as second battle of Smithfield looms

Ahead of the public inquiry, architect John McAslan and SAVE’s Marcus Binney present arguments for and against the Smithfield Market overhaul

Planning approvals map

Regional house building outpaces London

Number of planning consents rocket across the UK but more than half of regions experience drop in commercial permissions

Final design of new skate space at Southbank Centre by SNE Architects

Southbank Centre submits contentious skatepark plans

The Southbank Centre has submitted plans to relocate its skatepark, just days after objectors launched a judicial review of the decision not to award the undercroft village green status

Planning submissions

Hawkins Brown Wates House

Hawkins\Brown submits £30m Bartlett revamp


[FIRST LOOK + DRAWINGS] Hawkins\Brown has submitted plans to transform the home of the Bartlett School of Architecture

Dow Jones Maggies

Planning victory for Dow Jones' Cardiff Maggie's


Dow Jones Architects has won planning for Wales’ second Maggie’s Centre

Planning wins

Re-Format St Giles Hill

Re-Format wins planning for Winchester townhouses


Hampshire-based Re-Format has won planning for three new townhouses in Winchester

De Matos Ryan's York Theatre redevelopment

De Matos Ryan scoops planning for York Theatre Royal revamp


De Matos Ryan has won planning for the £4.1million redevelopment of the York Theatre Royal

Planning rejections

CZWG Arsenal Tower

CZWG loses latest planning battle over Arsenal tower


CZWG’s controversial plans for a 25-storey tower near Arsenal football club’s Emirates Stadium have received a fresh planning setback

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