Budget 2014

Budget 2014: the sector reacts

Budget 2014: the sector reacts

Planning experts react to the contents of the chancellor's famous red box below. More

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Cheshire authority set to pull plug on neighbourhood plan grant scheme

A Cheshire council is considering plans to close a grant scheme that offers financial support to groups preparing neighbourhood plans in its area.

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View of St Paul's 'destroyed' by skyscraper

Claims that planning restrictions protecting historic views have been ignored to allow a 42-storey tower in east London to encroach on a view of St Paul's Cathedral from a royal park in the south-west of the capital feature in today's newspaper round-up.

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.

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.

What cash limit means for infrastructure commission

A cap on spending tied to economic growth need not stop the National Infrastructure Commission from flagging up longer-term priorities, sector experts have suggested.

'Uncooperative planning officers' slowing housing delivery

A claim that 'uncooperative planning officers' are slowing the construction of new homes features in today's newspaper round-up.

Live blog: Autumn Statement 2016

Live coverage of all the planning-related measures in chancellor Philip Hammond's first Autumn Statement.

DCLG moves to close special measures escape route

The government has announced an overhaul of rules that have enabled some local planning authorities to escape being placed in so-called 'special measures'.

New low for affordable housing delivery labelled 'extremely worrying' by housing bodies

Affordable housing delivery hit its lowest level since 2001 during the last financial year, according to latest government figures which housing practitioners have described as 'extremely worrying'.


CIL Watch: First CIL authority eyes rise in top rate

The authority that was the first in England and Wales to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is consulting on a revised charging schedule.