Timetable for Greater Manchester spatial framework slips

Timetable for Greater Manchester spatial framework slips

A fresh draft of the emerging Manchester city-region spatial framework will not be published for consultation until June 2018, a year later than initially proposed, it has been announced.

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Islington proposes 50 per cent affordable housing at prison redevelopment

Islington proposes 50 per cent affordable housing at prison redevelopment

A north London council is proposing that 50 per cent of all housing delivered via the redevelopment of a former prison site be classed as affordable, a draft planning document has revealed.

Gloucestershire council refuses 215-home development

Gloucestershire council refuses 215-home development

A Gloucestershire council has refused a planning application for 215 homes, despite planning officers recommending the scheme be approved.

Merseyside council cracks down on houses of multiple occupation

Merseyside council cracks down on houses of multiple occupation

A Merseyside council is to remove permitted development rights which allow property owners to convert their homes into houses of multiple occupation (HMOs).

UK fracking 'may produce much less fuel and profits than predicted'

UK fracking 'may produce much less fuel and profits than predicted'

Reports that fracking for oil and gas in the UK 'may produce much less fuel - and profits - than has been mooted' feature in today's newspaper round-up.


Why mayor's angry words over affordable housing negotiations may prove to be hollow

Why mayor's angry words over affordable housing negotiations may prove to be hollow

When London mayor Sadiq Khan blasted a borough council for agreeing a substantial reduction in the number of affordable homes in a major development, he was met with defiance.

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How official guidance will affect prospects for self-build sector

How official guidance will affect prospects for self-build sector

Experts have welcomed fresh planning guidance on self-build and custom housebuilding but raised questions about how effective it will be in boosting the sector.

The case for consistency in planning decisions, by Bryan Johnston

The case for consistency in planning decisions, by Bryan Johnston

While the mice are away, the cats will play. The start of the summer holidays, when normal folk should be heading for the beaches, is becoming the favoured time for central government to issue often controversial decisions on major projects.

Holding onto sense of place in east London, by Ibrahim Michael Maiga

Holding onto sense of place in east London, by Ibrahim Michael Maiga

The many luxury flats being developed in prominent locations in Hackney, east London, give a strong sense that demographic change is accelerating.

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

A Yorkshire council's local plan has won plaudits for its focus on raising build rates on home allocations. David Dewar reports.

Legal Viewpoint: Court sets limits on scope of prior approval regime

Legal Viewpoint: Court sets limits on scope of prior approval regime

Prior approval is required for the exercise of some permitted development rights. Article 7 of the General Permitted Development (GPDO) Order 2015 provides that local planning authorities must issue an approval or determination within the period specified by schedule 2 of the order, within eight weeks where no period is specified, or as agreed by the applicant.

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