Cornish devolution

The government has granted Cornwall the first of its new county deals, devolving powers over health and social care integration, bus services and economic development to the unitary council. John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council, welcomed the government’s announcement. “This is the first stage of a longer journey towards delivering the full case for Cornwall,” Read more about Cornish devolution[…]

Treasury announces new “Productivity Plan”

The Treasury and Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a further package of planning reforms as part of a wide-ranging “Productivity Plan”. The planning measures include a threat of direct intervention by the Secretary of State over the production of local plans where local authorities are judged to be too slow, and the creation of a Read more about Treasury announces new “Productivity Plan”[…]

North Dorset publishes CIL viability study

North Dorset District Council is preparing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to help support the delivery of planning policies in the Local Plan Part 1.  The CIL is a charge which allows councils to raise funds from developers to help pay for the infrastructure which their developments will require. The viability study undertaken by the Read more about North Dorset publishes CIL viability study[…]

Government indicates greater leniency as ‘deadline’ for Local Plans is set

Planning Minister Brandon Lewis told Parliament this week that the government would intervene where local authorities had failed to produce a local plan by “early 2017”. In a written Commons statement he said: “We will intervene to arrange for the plan to be written, in consultation with local people, to accelerate production of a Local Read more about Government indicates greater leniency as ‘deadline’ for Local Plans is set[…]