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

Related headlines

Budget 2014 news

Council ordered to pay costs in transport tariff wrangle

A council in south Wales has been ordered by an inspector to pay an applicant's costs after it insisted on the payment of a transport tariff contribution, despite its soon-to-be-adopted Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule carrying no charge for residential development in the area of the appeal scheme.

Government mulls ring-fence for planning fee increase funds

The government is looking at a 'mechanism' to ensure that additional money raised from planning fee increases is ring-fenced for planning departments rather than absorbed into overall council spending.

Why fracking approvals are seen as positive signal for shale gas

The communities secretary's decision to back exploratory works at two sites in Lancashire has been hailed as a major boost for the shale gas industry, but environmental campaigners are scrutinising the outcome for loopholes.

Government makes infrastructure adviser 'permanent' but not statutory

The government has committed to establishing its new infrastructure advisory body 'on a permanent footing', but it will not have a statutory underpinning.

Planning system 'holding steady' despite budget cuts and policy changes

The planning system has 'held its own and remains ready' with average decision-making times and approval rates for major applications remaining broadly static, an annual planning survey has found.

Council in May's constituency 'is preparing judicial review over Heathrow expansion'

Reports that a local authority that includes part of Prime Minister Theresa May's constituency is preparing to seek a judicial review if her government approves the expansion of Heathrow airport feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Government infrastructure adviser 'must be established in statute'

A call for the government to establish its advisory body the National Infrastructure Commission on a statutory footing features in today's newspaper round-up.

Government set to require councils to consider density increases

The government will "strengthen" national planning policy related to housing density, as part of a suite of planning changes designed to get more homes built, according to a source familiar with the proposals.

1 comment

Khan launches probe into foreign home ownership in the capital

Reports that London mayor Sadiq Khan is to launch the UK's 'most comprehensive inquiry into the impact of foreign investment flooding London's housing market, amid growing fears about the scale of gentrification and rising housing costs in the capital' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

How district is pushing back on county-wide housing allocations

An Oxfordshire council's decision to break ranks on housing targets has raised questions over the area's efforts to meet the duty to cooperate, experts have warned.

1 comment