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Government tells councils to consider permission in principle for estate regeneration

Government tells councils to consider permission in principle for estate regeneration

Councils should consider using planning permissions in principle to streamline estate regeneration schemes, according to a government strategy published today.

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Go-ahead for affordable homes to Starter Homes switch at Northstowe

Go-ahead for affordable homes to Starter Homes switch at Northstowe

A scheme to provide 3,500 homes as part of a planned new town in Cambridgeshire will include 40 per cent discounted Starter Homes and 10 per cent affordable homes, following the agreement of a revised affordable housing deal that has replaced earlier plans for 20 per cent of the homes to be affordable.

Eighteen councils yet to set up self-build registers, research reveals

Eighteen councils yet to set up self-build registers, research reveals

Eighteen local authorities have yet to set up a register of people wanting to develop self and custom-build homes, more than eight months after the duty to hold such a list came into force, according to new figures.

Call for evidence issued for new Welsh National Development Framework

Call for evidence issued for new Welsh National Development Framework

The Welsh government has issued a call for evidence to inform the development of policies and details of projects in the devolved nation's new National Development Framework (NDF).

London council approves 'Britain's biggest megabasement'

London council approves 'Britain's biggest megabasement'

Reports that the London hotel Claridge's has been given the green light to build 'Britain's biggest basement' feature in today's newspaper round-up.


How draft guidance aims to boost London affordable housing delivery

How draft guidance aims to boost London affordable housing delivery

New draft guidance from London's mayor proposes a fast track for subsidy-free schemes that provide more than 35 per cent affordable homes, but experts are divided as to how much the plan would encourage applicants to increase proportions of affordable housing.

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What the removal of a block on Birmingham's local plan means for plan-makers

What the removal of a block on Birmingham's local plan means for plan-makers

The six-month holding direction on Birmingham's local plan has delayed planning and development proposals in the city region, but other authorities should not be deterred from reviewing their green belt boundaries, experts say.

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How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

Autumn Statement announcements make clear that, instead of repairing existing road, ministers are focused on using roads funding to pump prime other types of development.

Ten 2016 court rulings you need to know

Ten 2016 court rulings you need to know

Prominent lawyers highlight the most significant legal decisions of the year.

5 messages for planners from the IED Conference

5 messages for planners from the IED Conference

Speakers at last week's Institute for Economic Development (IED) Annual Conference stressed the importance of planning and housebuilding in boosting local economic growth.

Reports of the demise of Khan's affordable housing goal are exaggerated, by Richard Garlick

Reports of the demise of Khan's affordable housing goal are exaggerated, by Richard Garlick

Recently, London mayor Sadiq Khan has been stressing that his pledge to make half of all new London homes 'genuinely affordable' is a 'long-term strategic aim' rather than an immediately deliverable goal.

Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Two Greater Manchester boroughs have reached key milestones in their local plan preparation, with Rochdale adopting its core strategy in October and Salford last month publishing a draft local plan for consultation.

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