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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Department sheds responsibility for household projections

Responsibility for producing next year's household projections is to be transferred to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the government announced yesterday.

Muslim burial ground approved in capital's green belt

Plans for a Muslim burial ground serving north-east London have been allowed in the green belt after communities secretary Sajid Javid found that a need for the facility had been established.

Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Observers have attributed a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

Greater Manchester council stays on board strategic framework process

Stockport Council has fended off a bid from Liberal Democrat councillors to pull the authority out of the process for preparing a strategic plan for Greater Manchester.

How mayoral campaigns are buffeting Manchester's city-region plan

Greater Manchester's planning blueprint faces some significant hurdles, following concerns expressed by the front-runner for the conurbation's mayoralty and pressure from councillors to pull out of the process entirely.

Single dwelling affordable housing contribution justified

A new house in a Berkshire town failed to win approval from an inspector, who found the development out of keeping with the established character of the locality, and affordable housing provision to be lacking.

Plans approved for 532 homes at Ebbsfleet strategic site

Plans have been approved for up to 532 homes at a strategic site at Northfleet in Kent after planners concluded that the scheme would 'form an important component of the evolution of the Ebbsfleet Garden City'.

Cotswold council consults on draft local plan changes

A Gloucestershire council has launched a consultation on changes to its draft local plan, including an amendment to raise the threshold above which developers have to pay affordable housing contributions.

Manchester city centre arts space approved

Manchester City Council has approved plans to create a major new arts and events space on a 1.8-hectare site in the south-west of the city centre after planners concluded that the proposed scheme 'will make an important contribution to the objectives of the Northern Powerhouse'.

Government considers tidal lagoon 'too expensive', say reports

Questions over whether the government will find the cash to back the proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project, despite a review yesterday giving it strong backing, feature in today's newspaper round-up.