DCLG spells out sanctions for councils that fail to plan for brownfield homes

DCLG spells out sanctions for councils that fail to plan for brownfield homes

Local planning authorities could be placed in special measures if they fail to put in place local development orders (LDOs) on brownfield land suitable for new housing, the government has announced.

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Housing and infrastructure schemes to receive Growth Fund cash

Housing and infrastructure schemes to receive Growth Fund cash

A new link road at Burgess Hill in West Sussex which would help enable housing development in the area is among the projects to receive funding in the latest tranche of allocations from the government's Local Growth Fund.

West Sussex council fails in High Court fight over 160 homes approval

West Sussex council fails in High Court fight over 160 homes approval

A High Court judge has rejected a council's legal challenge against a planning inspector's decision to allow plans for up to 160 homes in the West Sussex countryside.

Scottish Government places moratorium on fracking planning consents

Scottish Government places moratorium on fracking planning consents

The Scottish Government has placed an indefinite moratorium on planning consents for unconventional oil and gas developments whilst further research and a public consultation is carried out.

Locations of axed Tesco stores revealed

Locations of axed Tesco stores revealed

Reports that supermarket giant Tesco has revealed the locations of the 43 stores it plans to shut feature in today's newspaper round-up.


How to source viability advice

How to source viability advice

Assessing viability can be a complex affair, whether at the level of local plan or of specific development. Jonathan Tilley asks where you should turn for help.

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Ministers must act to rectify traveller discrimination, by Richard Garlick

Ministers must act to rectify traveller discrimination, by Richard Garlick

This week the High Court found that the communities secretary's approach to determining appeals against refusals of permission for travellers' sites in the green belt meant that he had breached the Equality Act and The European Convention on Human Rights.

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Next government needs big vision, by Catriona Riddell

Next government needs big vision, by Catriona Riddell

Election time is upon us and thoughts are turning to what priorities the next government and planning and housing minister should have.

Stopping localism from derailing delivery, by Paul Tucker QC

Stopping localism from derailing delivery, by Paul Tucker QC

Before the 2010 election, Tory shadow minister Caroline Spelman said the planning system was 'broken' and needed radical change.

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How we did it: Strategic planning for garden suburbs

How we did it: Strategic planning for garden suburbs

An Essex council is using strategic masterplans to guide the development of new garden suburbs. Bryan Johnston reports.

Policy briefing: Dealing with growing pressure for releasing greenfield sites

Policy briefing: Dealing with growing pressure for releasing greenfield sites

Recent decisions raise the question of whether green belt and greenfield policy is ready for reassessment. Jeremy Smith reports.

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