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Planning: Growth and Infrastructure Bill will prevent last minute village green applications

Planning: Growth and Infrastructure Bill will prevent last minute village green applications | Law and Place | Scoop.it
An analysis in favour of the proposed provisions.
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Taxing the high street out of existence? | AMT Public

Taxing the high street out of existence? | AMT Public | Law and Place | Scoop.it
Paul Turner-Mitchell on business rates and the high streets. Taxation constructs the space around us in ways that are not immediately obvious yet hugely important.
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A Paen to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill

A Paen to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill | Law and Place | Scoop.it

Labelling as infrastructure limits consultation and scrutiny. Infrastructure = national scale, planning = local. Infrastructure need not cross localities, can be all in one place but is deemed 'significant' and so subject to different legal rules. And that's why this Bill worries me. 

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Designing the Urban Landscape

Designing the Urban Landscape | Law and Place | Scoop.it
Martha Schwartz, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, explains how creative landscape architecture can help cities become models of sustainability in a world facing daunting environmental challenges. Interesting on urban landscapes.
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Extending permitted development rights for homeowners - Christmas comes early?

Extending permitted development rights for homeowners - Christmas comes early? | Law and Place | Scoop.it

The Government are consulting on doubling the permitted development rights on houses (but not flats) in most areas, with a consultation due to end on Dec 24th. Perfect timing. 

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Compulsory Community Governance Reviews | What Next for Localism

Compulsory Community Governance Reviews | What Next for Localism | Law and Place | Scoop.it

Arguments for greater planning scrutiny whenever a development crosses a boundary "or significant development outside a Local Plan is adopted". Seems unlikely ...

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Flourishing of 'big society' in Barnet raises major legal questions for councils

Flourishing of 'big society' in Barnet raises major legal questions for councils | Law and Place | Scoop.it

Whose property is the library? The local authority or the people of Barnet's. A possession order can be issued in just the same way as any other form of private property. It will be fascinating to see whether a court will intervene. Is there such a thing as public property?

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Mark Prisk sets out government support for "lifeline shops" - News - Inside Government - GOV.UK

Mark Prisk sets out government support for "lifeline shops" - News - Inside Government - GOV.UK | Law and Place | Scoop.it

Convenience stores are a vital service for the elderly according to the Minister. Tax changes are to help local shops, will see whether planning rules can limit the growth of more out of town shopping centres.

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In Focus: Mapping Britain’s Super‑rich « Political Insight Magazine

In Focus: Mapping Britain’s Super‑rich « Political Insight Magazine | Law and Place | Scoop.it

Fascinating graphic. Cities only, so excludes Cotswolds and other rural locations. "This map shows where the super-rich in the United Kingdom live, or at least live for part of the time. The concept of having just one home or living in just one country may be foreign to many of the wealthiest people in the world; however, a large number of very rich people have addresses in the UK – often to avoid paying higher taxes elsewhere."

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New Left Project on the Politics of Housing

A series of think pieces. Houses as homes not for profit. But the legal construction of property as an alienable asset is crucial to this thinking. Is there more pressure to think of property in terms of 'home' or 'place'? Or is this wishful thinking?
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The census: diverging into diversity

The census: diverging into diversity | Law and Place | Scoop.it
Census data reveals uneven diversity. Can localism, which so many feel is premised on the concept of a rural parish, work in these circumstances? Do we need multiple forms of localism to reflect diversity? Or are streamlined procedures a unifying force? Questions ...
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Education, education, education

Education, education, education | Law and Place | Scoop.it
This feels like Bristol. If parents feel confident about schools, they want to stay in the city. Education dominates the residential geographies of young, and not so young, parents.
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Elephant & Castle Skyscraper Approved

Elephant & Castle Skyscraper Approved | Law and Place | Scoop.it

A skyscaper in Southwark ... "St. Mary’s will not contain any provision for affordable accommodation, a depressing if not particularly surprising move; for its part Southwark council insists that this “exception” is to allow a new gym and leisure centre, complete with 25m pool, to be built as part of the development. There will also be retail space and up to 400m sq of what is described as ‘creative business’ space." No affordable housing. So depressing. 

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The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space Enshrines the East Village Struggle

The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space Enshrines the East Village Struggle | Law and Place | Scoop.it

The new Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space - keeping the legacy of the 1988 Tompkins Square Park riots and struggles for public space alive. The museum tells the history of the riots, demonstrations, squats and community gardens in the East Village.

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The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit: Places: Design Observer

The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit: Places: Design Observer | Law and Place | Scoop.it

This is a really interesting piece on what happens when a city disappears ... or seems to. Is Detroit gone, or just different? Fascinating. 

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Home Sweet Home: The New American Localism : NPR

Home Sweet Home: The New American Localism : NPR | Law and Place | Scoop.it

Americans are so mobile that when *only* 11% have moved in a year (the normal level for the UK), this is seen as significant, leading to a renewed focus on place and 'the local'. Often Americans move a greater distance than Brits, so this may explain this apparent change of mood.

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