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Councils without plans face loss of millions in New Homes Bonus payments

Councils without plans face loss of millions in New Homes Bonus payments

EXCLUSIVE A group of eight councils each risk losing more than £1 million of New Homes Bonus cash that would be due in 2017/18 as a result of government plans to withhold the funding from town halls that have not submitted a local plan for examination, an analysis by Planning reveals.

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Communities secretary Greg Clark has followed his predecessor Sir Eric Pickles and rejected plans for a 120-home scheme in a West Sussex neighbourhood plan area.

Plans approved for 81-hectare Nottinghamshire industrial scheme

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Help us compile 2016 Planning Law Survey

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How new self-build duty will affect councils' planning strategies

How new self-build duty will affect councils' planning strategies

New rules requiring local authorities to keep a self and custom-build register for their area could be an extra burden for planning departments, commentators fear, and may not provide a realistic indication of need for this type of housing.

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Why local plan cut-off proposal has sparked resources concern

Why local plan cut-off proposal has sparked resources concern

It is more than six months since planning minister Brandon Lewis outlined plans to "intervene" in instances where authorities fail to produce a local plan by "early 2017" but precise details of what action is envisaged, and when, remain unclear.

Why brownfield ruling could see a return to 'garden-grabbing'

Why brownfield ruling could see a return to 'garden-grabbing'

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Government moots first rise in application fees since 2012

Government moots first rise in application fees since 2012

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The councils without local plans that could lose millions in New Homes Bonus payouts

The councils without local plans that could lose millions in New Homes Bonus payouts

A government proposal to withhold a financial reward for increasing housing numbers from councils that fail to produce a local plan by next year has caused alarm among some authorities, reports Mark Wilding.

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What does the Paris Agreement mean for planning?

What does the Paris Agreement mean for planning?

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There is rising demand for a more open approach to viability assessment, by Richard Garlick

There is rising demand for a more open approach to viability assessment, by Richard Garlick

The Royal Borough of Greenwich's decision to require applicants whose schemes do not meet its policy requirements for affordable housing provision to produce a public viability assessment exemplifies what seems to be an emerging trend among the capital's planning authorities

Would-be mayors' housing plans lack cutting edge, by Chris Brown

Would-be mayors' housing plans lack cutting edge, by Chris Brown

The race for London Mayor is heating up, with housing, and its planning ramifications, looking like a key battleground. The policies of the main candidates, though, are still somewhat vague.

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Planning minister to address National Planning Summit

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