Mayor 'furious' over change to Battersea affordable homes deal

Mayor 'furious' over change to Battersea affordable homes deal

London mayor Sadiq Khan has blasted Wandsworth Council after members voted through a change to the section 106 deal for the huge Battersea Power Station project that has deleted 250 promised affordable homes from earlier phases of the project and made them subject to an end-of-scheme viability review.

The Planning Awards: Roll of honour

The Planning Awards: Roll of honour

We reveal which projects triumphed in this year's Planning Awards. By Mark Wilding.

Planning officers question Queen's Speech silence on compulsory purchase

Planning officers question Queen's Speech silence on compulsory purchase

The absence from the Queen's Speech of any promised legislation to make compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) easier for councils to use could hamper planning authorities ability to drive housing delivery, according to the organisation that represents senior planning officers.

Bedfordshire authority's draft plan explores green belt release options

Bedfordshire authority's draft plan explores green belt release options

A Bedfordshire council is set to open consultation on plans for up to 30,000 homes over the next 20 years, including potential releases of green belt land to accommodate unmet need from Luton.

Aylesbury Vale local plan publication timetable slips

Aylesbury Vale local plan publication timetable slips

A Buckinghamshire council has announced that it is delaying the publication of its local plan due to the need for extra time to complete 'a critical piece' of the plan's evidence base.


The key planning issues raised by the Grenfell Tower blaze

The key planning issues raised by the Grenfell Tower blaze

While responsibility for fire safety does not lie with the planning system, planning committee members are nevertheless seeking extra assurances from applicants that tall building proposals are safe following last week's horrific blaze at the Grenfell Tower in west London.

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What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

Alok Sharma may be a largely unknown quantity in planning circles, but some clues can be gleaned from his past record as to how he will approach the role of housing and planning minister.

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

With the future of the new government looking so uncertain, it was hard to take this week's Queen's Speech as seriously as usual.

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

Volunteers in Kent have helped prepare a local list protecting heritage assets for their district council, reports David Dewar

Regeneration with safety designed in, by Graeme Bell

Regeneration with safety designed in, by Graeme Bell

The worst of a few has brought out the best in many. As stories of bravery and self-sacrifice in the teeth of the terrorist attacks in London emerge, so the tribute candles flicker, flowers wilt, all are cleared and life goes on. As, of course, it must.

Legal Viewpoint: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

Legal Viewpoint: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

If the man travelling to St Ives in the nursery rhyme is planning to buy a new second home there with any or all of his seven wives, he has another thing coming.

CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

Residential developments near to a Special Protection Area (SPA) would be required to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge of more than £400 per square metre on top of an existing tariff intended to mitigate the effects of development on the designated landscape under proposals unveiled this week by a Surrey council.

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 government has pledged to take forward a series of commitments in the Housing White Paper, but documents published alongside this week's Queen's Speech suggest that the action will be confined to non-legislative changes.

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