Evaluation finds bonus has had limited impact on plan-making and decisions

Evaluation finds bonus has had limited impact on plan-making and decisions

The flagship New Homes Bonus has had only a 'modest' direct impact on local plan housing targets and only a 'limited' role and impact on planning applications and decisions, according to a government-commissioned evaluation report.

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Special report: Charge of the conversions

Special report: Charge of the conversions

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