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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New Welsh household projections show lower rate of growth

New Welsh government household projections show a lower rate of growth compared to previous figures.

Why a clarification on small sites policy could embolden town halls

More local planning authorities are likely to seek to levy affordable housing contributions on small sites following an attempt by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to clarify the issue, according to experts.

'Vast majority' of authorities have responded to fees offer, says DCLG

The 'vast majority' of local planning authorities in England have responded to a letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) which offered them the freedom to increase fees by 20 per cent from July if they commit to invest the additional fee income in their planning department.

How a plan to pilot land auctions would capture planning gain

Last week's Budget contained no direct references to planning, but observers have predicted that one initiative buried in the small print of the chancellor's statement could boost efforts to secure infrastructure funding from new development.

Heseltine: devolution push must overcome 'human resistance' in Whitehall

Maintaining devolution momentum will depend on overcoming continuing 'human resistance' to it in Whitehall and more areas coming forward with the 'competence and will' to make it happen, Lord Heseltine has said in an interview with Planning conducted after his sacking as a government adviser last week.

Government infrastructure adviser fleshes out Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford strategic plan proposal

A single strategic plan for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor would provide a 'framework and a process' for assessing housing needs and allocations and avoid councils having to 'negotiate hand-to-hand with neighbouring authorities', a government-commissioned report has said.

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New barn conversion PD right would not replace existing class Q, says DCLG

A proposed new permitted development right allowing barns to be converted into homes would be in addition to the existing Class Q right, the government has confirmed.

Reading Council complains to PINS about 'inconsistent' affordable housing decisions

A second council has written to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) complaining about the 'high degree of inconsistency' of recent decisions on affordable housing provision.

Budget measure could remove Airbnb tax break

Reports that a measure in this week's Budget will see tax relief removed from homeowners who rent out a spare room through websites such as Airbnb feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Budget 2017: the sector reacts

Planning and property experts have welcomed plans to pilot a new land value capture mechanism in London, but have expressed disappointment at the lack of housing and planning-related measures in yesterday's Budget.