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CIL Watch: South West councils refine CIL proposals

CIL Watch: South West councils refine CIL proposals

Two charging authorities in the South West have published updated Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) proposals for consultation.

Inspectors at odds over affordable homes threshold

Inspectors at odds over affordable homes threshold

Inspectors have offered differing views on whether an East Sussex council's local plan policy requiring affordable housing contributions from small sites should outweigh a written ministerial statement relieving small schemes from affordable housing obligations.

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Scottish Government takes forward infrastructure levy plan

Scottish Government takes forward infrastructure levy plan

The Scottish Government has announced plans for a new local infrastructure levy as part of a raft of proposals for changes to the planning system which have been published today for consultation.

Judge backs council over planning refusal after developer withdraws affordable homes offer

Judge backs council over planning refusal after developer withdraws affordable homes offer

A High Court judge has come down on the side of a Gloucestershire council over its refusal for a planning application for a small housing scheme after the developer withdrew an offer to contribute £120,000 towards affordable homes.

Government invites bids for multi-billion pound affordable housing fund

Government invites bids for multi-billion pound affordable housing fund

The government has announced that housing associations and other providers can start bidding for a multi-billion pound package of funding to help the delivery of new affordable homes, including those for affordable rent.

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End of appeal route leaves little room for renegotiation, by Jamie Carpenter

Earlier this year, the government surprised many in the sector by announcing that a temporary appeal mechanism to allow developers to challenge affordable housing obligations was to be killed off.

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Khan's viability plan poses questions, not answers, by Joey Gardiner

London mayor Sadiq Khan is assembling a panel of viability experts to test affordable housing levels on applications that come before City Hall.

There is potential for a less contentious approach to calculating viability, by Richard Garlick

Distrust of the methods used to calculate how much affordable housing a development scheme can provide without going belly up is widespread.

Legal Viewpoint: Tax principles at odds with need for flexibility

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a form of tax. This has consequences for the way in which the CIL regulations are interpreted, as a High Court judgment involving a retail unit in Swindon makes clear.

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How an axed appeal mechanism is still cutting cheap homes

How an axed appeal mechanism is still cutting cheap homes

Appeals continue to be decided under a mechanism to allow developers to challenge affordable housing obligations more than six months after it was killed off, with a higher success rate than before ministers announced they were pulling the plug on the scheme.

How some town halls are ignoring small site affordable policy reversal

How some town halls are ignoring small site affordable policy reversal

A landmark Court of Appeal ruling that reinstated rules exempting small sites from affordable housing obligations is being ignored by a group of authorities who are choosing to stick to their guns on policies seeking contributions from all sites.

Why Barking deal on affordable homes is not what it seems

Why Barking deal on affordable homes is not what it seems

A deal struck by London mayor Sadiq Khan to hike affordable housing provision at Barking Riverside involves the loss of all social rented units from the scheme and the provision of tens of millions of pounds of public housing grant, it has emerged.

Why Starter Homes have been written into Hampshire obligation

Why Starter Homes have been written into Hampshire obligation

A housebuilder has negotiated a change to a planning obligation to introduce Starter Homes in place of traditional social rented units, ahead of the introduction of regulations on the discounted homes for first- time buyers.


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