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Bromley publishes initial development levy plans

Bromley publishes initial development levy plans

One of the last London boroughs to introduce the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has taken its first step towards introducing the development tax.

CIL Watch: Surrey council proposes top-rate charge

CIL Watch: Surrey council proposes top-rate charge

A Surrey council is currently out to consultation on plans to charge what would be among the highest Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) rates in the country.

London council demands minimum 50 per cent affordable homes on former prison site

London council demands minimum 50 per cent affordable homes on former prison site

A North London council has adopted a supplementary planning document (SPD) to guide the redevelopment of a former prison site which suggests that the development could potentially deliver a level of affordable homes in excess of 50 per cent.

City poised to publish unredacted viability reports on schemes that miss affordable homes benchmark

City poised to publish unredacted viability reports on schemes that miss affordable homes benchmark

A Sussex council is poised to force developers that miss affordable housing targets to publish their viability assessments in full.

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Khan blocks estate regeneration for failing to replace social homes

Khan blocks estate regeneration for failing to replace social homes

London mayor Sadiq Khan has overturned a decision by a council to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of part of a housing estate, saying the plans are an example of 'how not to do estate regeneration'.

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Legal Viewpoint: Pooled fund held unlawful

It may be that a recent Supreme Court judgment on a dispute from north-east Scotland proves the most important case of 2017.

Ministers must tackle the corrosive impact of viability appraisal concerns, by Jamie Carpenter

Away from the main conference hall and the Prime Minister's mishap-strewn speech, one of the most compelling scenes to witness at last month's Conservative Party conference was the hard time given to the communities secretary by his own councillors over the use of viability assessments in the planning system.

The mayor's criteria for fast track schemes are testing, but not unfeasible, by Richard Garlick

Last month, while many if not most planning professionals were on holiday, London mayor Sadiq Khan published the final version of his affordable housing and viability supplementary planning guidance (SPG).

Retention of unspent CIL receipts is not in itself a sign of a problem, by Richard Garlick

The future of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which requires developers to contribute to infrastructure needed to support development across the planning authorities in which they build, is in doubt.

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What now for the Community Infrastructure Levy, after the Budget response to recommendations to scale it back?

What now for the Community Infrastructure Levy, after the Budget response to recommendations to scale it back?

Proposed changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy designed to enable charging authorities to capture a greater slice of the land value uplift arising when permission is granted risk adding further levels of complexity to the system, according to experts.

Do viability rules favour developer returns over affordable housing?

Do viability rules favour developer returns over affordable housing?

Housing charity Shelter's assertion that a "legal loophole" is allowing developers to get out of building thousands of affordable homes across the country every year has received widespread media coverage, but has also split opinion within the planning sector.

What happens when councils require developers to make viability assessments public?

What happens when councils require developers to make viability assessments public?

What happens when councils implement a viability 'open book' policy, Joey Gardiner asks.

How Khan faced down boroughs in the hunt for cheap homes

How Khan faced down boroughs in the hunt for cheap homes

Mayoral consents for two big residential schemes in the face of borough opposition suggests the mayor will help developers who boost affordable housing numbers, say experts.


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