Budget 2017: New town development corporations to kick-start five garden towns

Budget 2017: New town development corporations to kick-start five garden towns

The government will use new town development corporations to bring forward five new garden towns in areas of 'demand pressure' and will support more 'strategic and zonal planning approaches' in the South East, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

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Budget 2017: Chancellor moots change to infrastructure levy to capture land value uplift

Budget 2017: Chancellor moots change to infrastructure levy to capture land value uplift

The government will consult on proposals to remove section 106 pooling restrictions in some circumstances and make changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to allow town halls to set rates which 'better reflect the uplift in land values between a proposed and existing use', today's Budget has announced.

Budget 2017: Government plans to deallocate sites with no prospect of delivery

Budget 2017: Government plans to deallocate sites with no prospect of delivery

The government is to consult on a proposal to take allocated sites out of local plans where 'there is no prospect' of a planning application being made for their intended use.

Budget 2017: Government to 'strengthen' housing delivery test

Budget 2017: Government to 'strengthen' housing delivery test

The government is to consult on measures 'strengthening' the housing white paper's housing delivery test so that, from 2020, the presumption in favour of sustainable development would apply in districts where delivery falls below 75 per cent of the local housing requirement, it has been announced.

Budget 2017: HCA to get new planning powers in expanded role

Budget 2017: HCA to get new planning powers in expanded role

The government's housing and regeneration quango is to get new planning and compulsory purchase powers as part of an expanded role for the body, the chancellor announced in today's Budget.


Budget 2017: Hammond announces extra £2.7bn for Housing Infrastructure Fund

Budget 2017: Hammond announces extra £2.7bn for Housing Infrastructure Fund

The government has committed to doubling the size of a key housing fund, intended to deliver infrastructure to ease the construction of new homes, to £5 billion.

Ministers must tackle the corrosive impact of viability appraisal concerns, by Jamie Carpenter

Ministers must tackle the corrosive impact of viability appraisal concerns, by Jamie Carpenter

Away from the main conference hall and the Prime Minister's mishap-strewn speech, one of the most compelling scenes to witness at last month's Conservative Party conference was the hard time given to the communities secretary by his own councillors over the use of viability assessments in the planning system.

Towards a place-based industrial strategy, by David Marlow

Towards a place-based industrial strategy, by David Marlow

With the government's long overdue follow up to the industrial strategy green paper imminent, the release of the final report of the Industrial Strategy Commission provides a strong scene-setting lens through which to consider the government's eventual policy and funding announcements. What are the potential implications for local planning authorities?

Data blog: Who is caught in the housing delivery test's crosshairs?

Data blog: Who is caught in the housing delivery test's crosshairs?

New net additions data published today gives the clearest indication yet of which authorities could face sanctions under the housing white paper's housing delivery test.

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Three messages for ministers on standard method proposals

Three messages for ministers on standard method proposals

Responses to the government's proposed standard approach to assessing local housing need have welcomed the proposal as enabling a speedier process of plan preparation, but there are concerns that it fails to take account of aspirations for economic growth in parts of the country.

Policy Summary: Regulations aiming to clear the way for across-the-board increase in application fees

Policy Summary: Regulations aiming to clear the way for across-the-board increase in application fees

Policy: Draft Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

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