Planning

All Standard Notes
36 Documents
DateDescription
16.04.2014Garden Cities
New garden cities have been proposed as one way to meet the housing shortfall. A new garden city has been proposed at Ebbsfleet and the Government has published a prospectus detailing Government support for new garden city proposals. A number of studies propose different models for delivering garden cities. This note sets out what has been proposed so far for new garden cities in the future.
14.04.2014Planning for onshore wind farms
This note sets out issues to do with the planning process for onshore wind and proposals for reform. It applies to England only.
14.04.2014Calling in a planning application
This note describes the Secretary of State's power to "call-in" a planning application, to determine it himself.
09.04.2014Planning for Housing
It is Government policy to encourage more house building within the planning system. This note sets out how local authorities are directed to plan for housing.
26.03.2014Green Belt
Government's policy on the green belt protection is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. This note sets out concern about green belt protect and Government responses to these concerns. It gives links to further statistics on the size of the green belt.
26.03.2014Planning: change of use system
The planning use class system allows change of use of buildings without the need for planning permission. The Government has a range of proposals to further decrease the need for planning permission - particularly in respect of residential homes.
26.03.2014Permitted Development Rights
Permitted development rights allow changes to be made to buildings and use of land without needing planning permission. The Government has several proposals to make changes in this area.
26.03.2014Planning Reform Proposals
Planning reform proposals to change planning law and policy have been set out by Government. Changes are expected to permitted development rights and a review of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Regime.
26.02.2014Community Infrastructure Levy
This note covers the method of financing infrastructure called Community Infrastructure Levy.
07.02.2014Enterprise Zones
The Government has announced the location of 25 new Enterprise Zones in England. Businesses in these small areas will benefit from tax and planning concessions and superfast broadband.
22.01.2014Shale gas and fracking
Drilling for shale gas is at only the exploratory phase in the UK. But the rapid development of shale gas resources in North America has transformed the world gas-market outlook. This note includes new tables showing petroleum exploration licences by constituency.
08.01.2014Planning Appeals
This note provides information about planning appeals; what can be appealed, who can appeal and other routes of address for people unhappy with planning decisions.
30.12.2013Houses in multiple occupation & the Use Classes Order
This note explains the powers local authorities have via the planning system to limit the development of new houses in multiple occupation.
14.08.2013Gypsies and Travellers: unauthorised development
This note covers issues arising when Gypsies and Travellers own land but develop it without planning permission
07.08.2013Neighbourhood planning
The Localism Act 2011 provided for a new neighbourhood planning regime. The Act allows parish councils and groups of people from the community, called neighbourhood forums, to formulate Neighbourhood Development Plans and Orders, which can guide and shape development in a particular area. This note provides more information on this regime.
16.07.2013Enforcement of planning law
This note covers planning authorities' powers to enforce planning law, including development undertaken without planning consent
22.05.2013Revocation of planning permission
This note covers the rarely-used procedure that occasionally allows planning permission to be revoked after it has been granted.
17.07.2012Wind Farm consents - offshore
13.07.2012Planning for Constituency Cases
This note aims to assist MP's staff in replying to constiteuncy planning questions
05.07.2012Wind Farms - Distance from housing
This notes deals with the issue of a separation distance between wind farms and housing.
08.05.2012London planning
London planning. By Christopher Barclay. SN/SC/1416.
08.05.2012Gypsies and travellers: camp sites and trespass
This note explains the law and Government policy relating to Gypsy and Traveller camps where there are accusations of trespass.
05.04.2012Publicity for planning application
This note describes the statutory publicity requirements before a planning application can be determined.
30.03.2012National Planning Policy Framework
The Government published the final version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPFF) on 27 March 2012. It replaced almost all planning guidance immediately, although planning authorities have twelve months in which to get their plans adopted.
27.03.2012Business run from home
This note explains the circumstances in which businesses run from home require planning consent
06.01.2012Do councillors have to follow the advice of officers in taking planning decisions?
This note considers if councillors on a planning committee have to follow recommendations by planning officers or risk losing an appeal
05.01.2012Councillors and planning applications
This note covers rules for local authority councillors who determine planning applications
16.09.2011Localism Bill: Planning
This note highlights some important issues in the planning part of the Localism Bill as it completed its Commons stages and went to the House of Lords.
13.07.2011Energy from waste and incineration
This note looks at the role of energy from waste and incineration.
25.01.2011Planning: Uncompleted Development and Derelict Sites
This note describes the options for local authority intervention if a development has been left unfinished.
24.09.2010Compulsory purchase and compensation
This note gives a brief overview of some of the main rules relating to compulsory purchase and the calculation of compensation
21.06.2010Human Rights Act and planning
This note discusses how the European Convention on Human Rights affects UK planning law
24.05.2010Planning under the Labour Government
14.04.2010Transport and Works Act 1992
This Note explains why the TWA was introduced and how it works.
10.02.2010Green belt - sales of small plots
This note covers green belt sales of small plots without planning consent to those who hope that the planning designation will one day be changed
16.04.2009Planning application by local authority
This note covers issues arising when a local authority grants planning permission to itself
All Research Papers
11 Documents
DateDescription
22.04.2014High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill 2013-14
This paper has been prepared for the House of Commons Second Reading stage of the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill, scheduled for 28 April.
19.06.2013Comparison of the planning systems in the four UK countries
This paper has been prepared as an initiative of the Inter-Parliamentary Research and Information Network (IPRIN) with contributions from research staff working for each of the four UK legislatures.
13.12.2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. It complements Research Paper 12/61 prepared for Commons Second Reading
01.11.2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill seeks to reduce delays in the planning system and to facilitate new development, through various means. It would allow planning obligations (section 106 agreements) relating to affordable housing to be renegotiated. To promote economic growth, it makes provision for a planned revaluation of business rates in England to be postponed and to create a new employment status of employee owner. Its second reading date has been moved from 30 October to 5 November 2012.
03.10.2012Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the Public Bill Committee Stage of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. It is designed to complement the Research Paper Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (RP 12/33), which covers in more detail the background to the Bill
07.06.2012Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill introduces reforms in a number of areas.
12.04.2011Localism Bill: Committee Stage Report
This paper covers the Commons Committee Stage of the Bill, and complements Research Papers 11/02 and 11/03, prepared for Second Reading. The Bill covers a wide range of topics in local government, planning, housing and the governance of London. It was not substantially amended in Committee, although there were some minor technical Government amendments. However, at several points, Ministers agreed to look again at certain issues and consider whether to introduce amendments at Report Stage.
11.01.2011Localism Bill: Planning and Housing
This paper covers three parts of the Bill: Part 5 of the Bill will abolish regional planning, introduce a neighbourhood planning regime and abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission. Part 6 of the Bill will make significant changes to the way in which social housing is provided and will also repeal the legislation governing the provision of Home Information Packs (HIPs). This Part includes provisions that will enable the long awaited reform of council housing finance. Part 7 of the Bill will make changes to housing and regeneration functions in London. It will abolish the London Development Agency and introduce a regime for Mayoral Development Corporations. Changes to Greater London Authority governance will allow the delegation of functions by Ministers to the Mayor.
07.03.2008Planning Bill: Committee Stage Report
(Bill 71 of 2007-08)
06.12.2007Planning Bill
31.01.2007The Land Use (Gardens Protection etc) Bill