The implications of allowing Starter Homes on rural exception sites

The implications of allowing Starter Homes on rural exception sites

Allowing discounted Starter Homes for first-time buyers to be built on rural exception sites may boost the delivery of new homes in rural communities, but concerns have been raised over the impact on affordability.

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The key tasks awaiting Steve Quartermain at the Planning Inspectorate

The key tasks awaiting Steve Quartermain at the Planning Inspectorate

The Planning Inspectorate's new interim chief executive, Steve Quartermain, must deal with a backlog of appeals and increase efficiency at the organisation, experts say.

CIL Watch: Are CIL charges really unfairly penalising developers of small housing schemes?

CIL Watch: Are CIL charges really unfairly penalising developers of small housing schemes?

The Federation of Small Businesses says that small sites cost more to develop, but planners point out councils leave a substantial 'buffer' when setting infrastructure levy rates to ensure schemes stay viable.

Impact of High Court affordable housing ruling has been striking, by Richard Garlick

Impact of High Court affordable housing ruling has been striking, by Richard Garlick

Last month the High Court effectively forced the government to delete its recent advice that small housing schemes should not be required to deliver affordable housing.

What the government's spending review means for planners

What the government's spending review means for planners

Planning budgets could be in line for still deeper cuts under the comprehensive spending review, although there may be glimmers of hope in the government's drive to build more homes and infrastructure, writes Matt Ross.


Government steps in on fracking, and Birmingham tries to take step forward, by Peter Bill

Government steps in on fracking, and Birmingham tries to take step forward, by Peter Bill

The communities secretary's threat to determine fracking applications gives councils good excuse to pass the buck, while Birmingham's masterplan for its HS2 station sits in the shadow of its architectural past.

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that plans for an expansion of an existing 26-turbine wind farm in Lancashire have been recommended for approval by planners, who concluded that the scheme complies with new government rules requiring such developments to have the backing of local communities.

How we did it: Making the move to employee ownership

How we did it: Making the move to employee ownership

A planning consultancy's transfer to majority ownership by its employees is intended to preserve its independent ethos. Jonathan Tilley reports.

Five ways that a key High Court ruling has affected local plans, CIL charges, applications and appeals

Five ways that a key High Court ruling has affected local plans, CIL charges, applications and appeals

The practical implications arising from a High Court ruling that last month forced the government to delete part of its national Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), which had exempted small sites from affordable housing contributions.

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What the government's push to dispose of public land will mean for the planning system

What the government's push to dispose of public land will mean for the planning system

As the government steps up efforts to dispose of public sector land there is concern that sales are geared more towards raising cash quickly than addressing the housing crisis, writes Matt Ross.

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How the government's promotion of early reviews will affect local plan adoption

How the government's promotion of early reviews will affect local plan adoption

The government's bid to encourage wider local plan coverage by promoting adoption subject to early review has provoked a mixed response, writes Susie Sell.

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Vince Cable to address Planning for Housing conference

Vince Cable to address Planning for Housing conference

The former Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable is among the speakers confirmed for this year's Planning for Housing conference.

Data blog: record net migration figures create a headache for plan-makers

Data blog: record net migration figures create a headache for plan-makers

Official figures published this morning show that net migration to the UK has reached an all-time high, hitting 330,000 in the year to March 2015.

Maps: core strategy progress data

Maps: core strategy progress data

Use our new interactive map to view English councils' progress in adopting local plans and view a spreadsheet containing the latest data on local plan coverage from the Planning Inspectorate.

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Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Use our new interactive map to view how many applications for neighbourhood planning powers have been received by English councils and the names of the groups that have submitted them.

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CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.

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