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Lords seek changes to Housing and Planning Bill Starter Homes duties

Lords seek changes to Housing and Planning Bill Starter Homes duties

Proposals to limit a proposed duty on councils to promote the government's Starter Homes are among a raft of proposed amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill which will be debated by peers next week.

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Inspector recommends removal of housing site restrictions in neighbourhood plan

Inspector recommends removal of housing site restrictions in neighbourhood plan

A planning inspector has recommended that a draft Cheshire neighbourhood be amended to remove a policy intended to restrict the numbers of new homes allowed on sites within the plan area.

Kent authority faces steep increase in local plan housing target

Kent authority faces steep increase in local plan housing target

A planning inspector has told a council in north Kent that it should increase its local plan housing target by more than 200 homes a year after extra work by the authority demonstrated there are sufficient sites within its boundaries to meet housing need.

Campaigners seek fresh opportunity to block Liverpool Lime Street scheme

Campaigners seek fresh opportunity to block Liverpool Lime Street scheme

Heritage campaigners are seeking to appeal a decision by the High Court which blocked their legal challenge against a grant of planning permission for the redevelopment of properties near Liverpool's Lime Street station.

Self build registers will be considered a material consideration in planning decisions

Self build registers will be considered a material consideration in planning decisions

The numbers of people seeking self build plots in local authority areas may be a material consideration in planning decisions and should be considered in plan-making, according to new planning guidance on measures to boost self building which are due to come into force in April.


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.

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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