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Peers vote to defy government over bill amendments

Peers vote to defy government over bill amendments

Lords have continued to frustrate the government over key Housing and Planning Bill provisions, voting yesterday to reinstate amendments that would give councils local discretion over Starter Homes requirements and introduce a neighbourhood right of appeal.

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Greater Manchester development plan 'could hold back Northern Powerhouse'

Greater Manchester development plan 'could hold back Northern Powerhouse'

Greater Manchester's emerging development plan could hold back the creation of the much hyped Northern Powerhouse, a report has warned.

Plans submitted for 2,800-homes Worcestershire green belt site

Plans submitted for 2,800-homes Worcestershire green belt site

A developer has submitted plans to build 2,800 new homes on green belt land in Worcestershire.

Clark blocks 142-home Cheshire development on playing fields site

Clark blocks 142-home Cheshire development on playing fields site

Communities secretary Greg Clark has rejected plans for a development of up to 142 homes on land in Cheshire after ruling that a preferable site exists with a lower level of flood risk.

Jane Jacobs birthday anniversary tribute

Jane Jacobs birthday anniversary tribute

A tribute to the urbanist Jane Jacobs on the 100th anniversary of her birth features in today's newspaper round-up.


Five key messages from the National Planning Summit

Five key messages from the National Planning Summit

Delegates at this month's National Planning Summit, held in London and organised by Planning, heard speakers discuss the implications of changes to the planning system.

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Legal Viewpoint: Viability appeal sunset will cast a little shadow

Legal Viewpoint: Viability appeal sunset will cast a little shadow

Changes to the section 106 regime under the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013, allowing affordable housing obligations to be modified on viability grounds, fell away last month, despite earlier indications that they might be retained.

Neighbourhood Watch: 3 things you need to know

Neighbourhood Watch: 3 things you need to know

Three recent neighbourhood planning-related developments, including news that peers have voted to give communities the right to appeal decisions on housing schemes that conflict with neighbourhood plans.

Squeeze on planners is a global problem, by Cliff Hague

Squeeze on planners is a global problem, by Cliff Hague

There has been a 20% reduction in staff in planning departments in Scotland since 2010.

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that Housing and Planning Bill is to return to the House of Commons following its third reading debate in the House of Lords.

The challenges facing the Ebbsfleet garden city project

The challenges facing the Ebbsfleet garden city project

While there is optimism following the revival of long-delayed plans for a major new settlement at Ebbsfleet, Kent, the project faces formidable challenges, Mark Wilding discovers.

Why current planning reforms won't solve the UK productivity puzzle, by David Marlow

Why current planning reforms won't solve the UK productivity puzzle, by David Marlow

The ONS latest release on UK Labour Productivity (7th April 2016) showed that output per hour fell by 1.2% in the last quarter of 2015, slipping back below the levels achieved in 2007 and 2008 before the global downturn.

Policy Summary: Government proposes 20 per cent Starter Homes requirement for eligible sites

Policy Summary: Government proposes 20 per cent Starter Homes requirement for eligible sites

Policy: Starter Homes Regulations Technical Consultation

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