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Government's housing push 'must not come at cost of quality homes and places'

Government's housing push 'must not come at cost of quality homes and places'

The government's push to increase housing volumes must not come at the expense of the creation of quality homes and places, a report by a commission established by the Labour Party has recommended.

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Khan refuses to commit to annual housing target if mayor

Khan refuses to commit to annual housing target if mayor

Labour's London mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan has refused to be drawn on setting an annual housing target if he becomes mayor.

Starter Homes 'will hand windfall to lucky few'

Starter Homes 'will hand windfall to lucky few'

Reports that the head of the commission which carried out an independent review of the housing market for the Labour Party has said that the government's Starter Homes initiative 'will hand a big windfall to a lucky few' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Estates regeneration panel membership revealed

Estates regeneration panel membership revealed

The leader of the London Borough of Wandsworth and the chief executive of housebuilder Berkeley Homes are among 17 members of an expert panel responsible for drawing up a national estate regeneration strategy, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced.

Government review to consider future of HCA

Government review to consider future of HCA

Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has announced a review of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) which will consider whether the housing and regeneration quango 'is still required'.


Why the government has refused a series of solar farm appeals

Why the government has refused a series of solar farm appeals

The communities secretary has dismissed a series of solar farm appeals with a combined capacity of nearly 100MW since last November, with the proposals' locations in the green belt or on high-grade agricultural land featuring prominently in the reasons for refusal.

How moves to shine a light on viability are gathering momentum

How moves to shine a light on viability are gathering momentum

A council's decision to require developers to disclose unredacted viability details where schemes fall short of its affordable housing target could boost affordable housing delivery, but might lead to attempts from applicants to game the system, experts say.

Why a council is to publish all its pre-application advice

Why a council is to publish all its pre-application advice

A London council has dismissed concerns that its plan to publish pre-application advice could put developers off from engaging in early discussions over their proposals.

The implications of new Welsh regime for major projects

The implications of new Welsh regime for major projects

From next month, powers over a range of development types in Wales - including energy projects with a generating capacity of between 10 and 50MW - will be removed from local planning authorities and handed instead to ministers.

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Paris agreement requires changes in plans to cut greenhouse gases, by Richard Garlick

Paris agreement requires changes in plans to cut greenhouse gases, by Richard Garlick

We report in this week's edition that communities secretary Greg Clark has personally turned down eight solar farm schemes since the end of November.

How we did it: Creating a sustainable urban extension

How we did it: Creating a sustainable urban extension

A major urban extension to Cambridge is creating much-needed homes and community infrastructure. Jim Dunton reports.

Policy briefing: Policy changes seek local lead in promoting new settlements

Policy briefing: Policy changes seek local lead in promoting new settlements

Ministers are promising fresh national planning policy backing for new settlements but ensuring delivery is still a problem, Tim Burden concludes.

The UK Central solution to government's Heathrow dilemma, by David Marlow

The UK Central solution to government's Heathrow dilemma, by David Marlow

We can all see tactical political calculations in government pushing back the Heathrow runway expansion decision beyond the London mayoral elections in May.

US recipe for high street revival, by Cliff Hague

US recipe for high street revival, by Cliff Hague

The decline of town centres has been even more marked in the US than in the UK, especially in smaller towns.

Legal Viewpoint: Ministers face court test on small sites gain exemption

Legal Viewpoint: Ministers face court test on small sites gain exemption

The outcome of a Court of Appeal hearing scheduled for next month is eagerly awaited by local authorities and developers alike.

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that developers who submit residential applications that do not meet a London borough's affordable housing target will have to supply 'fully public, unredacted' viability assessments under a new planning policy approved by the council this week.

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