Only one in five consultants believe raising fees will boost council performance

Only one in five consultants believe raising fees will boost council performance

Only one in five planning consultants believe increased application fee rates will improve local authority performance, according to this year's Planning Consultancy Survey.

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Javid names 15 councils facing local plan intervention

Javid names 15 councils facing local plan intervention

Communities secretary Sajid Javid is set to take control of plan making at 15 local authorities that have failed to make progress on their local plans, he announced today as part of a wide-ranging speech on housebuilding.

Government 'considers outsourcing plan-making work of tardy authorities'

Government 'considers outsourcing plan-making work of tardy authorities'

EXCLUSIVE Private sector consultants and masterplanners could be paid by central government to draw up the local plans of authorities that have failed to do it themselves, Planning understands.

Infrastructure body presents blueprint for 'brain belt' new towns

Infrastructure body presents blueprint for 'brain belt' new towns

The secretary of state should step in to designate locations for new and expanded settlements in the 'brain belt' spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes should the government and local authorities in the area fail to reach agreement, the government's infrastructure adviser has recommended.

Government considers brownfield register sanctions

Government considers brownfield register sanctions

EXCLUSIVE The government has indicated for the first time that it could use sanctions to spur local planning authorities to prepare brownfield land registers.


Ministers must tackle the corrosive impact of viability appraisal concerns, by Jamie Carpenter

Ministers must tackle the corrosive impact of viability appraisal concerns, by Jamie Carpenter

Away from the main conference hall and the Prime Minister's mishap-strewn speech, one of the most compelling scenes to witness at last month's Conservative Party conference was the hard time given to the communities secretary by his own councillors over the use of viability assessments in the planning system.

Towards a place-based industrial strategy, by David Marlow

Towards a place-based industrial strategy, by David Marlow

With the government's long overdue follow up to the industrial strategy green paper imminent, the release of the final report of the Industrial Strategy Commission provides a strong scene-setting lens through which to consider the government's eventual policy and funding announcements. What are the potential implications for local planning authorities?

Data blog: Who is caught in the housing delivery test's crosshairs?

Data blog: Who is caught in the housing delivery test's crosshairs?

New net additions data published today gives the clearest indication yet of which authorities could face sanctions under the housing white paper's housing delivery test.

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Three messages for ministers on standard method proposals

Three messages for ministers on standard method proposals

Responses to the government's proposed standard approach to assessing local housing need have welcomed the proposal as enabling a speedier process of plan preparation, but there are concerns that it fails to take account of aspirations for economic growth in parts of the country.

CIL Watch: London CIL straggler outlines levy plans

CIL Watch: London CIL straggler outlines levy plans

News that the London Borough of Bromley is set to push ahead with the first stage of consultation on its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) means that the capital is edging towards complete CIL coverage.

Policy Summary: Regulations aiming to clear the way for across-the-board increase in application fees

Policy Summary: Regulations aiming to clear the way for across-the-board increase in application fees

Policy: Draft Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the communities secretary Sajid Javid is set to take control of plan making at 15 local authorities that have failed to make progress on their local plans.

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