A report for London mayor Boris Johnson recommends that he support boroughs wishing to opt out of controversial new rules easing the conversion of offices into homes where the policy prevents the 'positive' re-shaping of town centres.
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A series of growth deals is set to shape the use of government funding for local development, David Marlow reports.
Development near sensitive wildlife areas can be enabled by pooling developer contributions across council boundaries to fund mitigation. But some authorities struggle to collaborate on the issue, reports Catherine Early.
Measures to offset carbon emissions from developments in London may end up taking place outside the capital, London boroughs fear, after a government decision to implement its offsetting scheme nationally rather than allow councils to set standards and require local mitigation measures.
Winning consent for development that damages biodiversity could be made easier by a standard formula, currently being trialled by government, for calculating the level of environmental improvement needed elsewhere to compensate. Ben Kochan investigates