Energy firm Cuadrilla has this week made its first community payment under a new scheme to provide local benefits in areas subject to shale gas exploration.
The first 32 councils to start charging the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) have spent just 16 per cent of the tens of millions of pounds they have collected on infrastructure, according to a Planning investigation.1 comment
A north London council is proposing that 50 per cent of all housing delivered via the redevelopment of a former prison site be classed as affordable, a draft planning document has revealed.
Developments in the capital which do not meet a 35 per cent affordable housing threshold, or require public subsidy to do so, will be required to submit 'detailed viability information' to the Greater London Authority (GLA) to be 'scrutinised and treated transparently', according to planning guidance published today.1 comment
When London mayor Sadiq Khan blasted a borough council for agreeing a substantial reduction in the number of affordable homes in a major development, he was met with defiance.2 comments
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.
Back in 2014, when Alex Morton was leading on housing policy in Downing Street, the former coalition government announced plans for a £3.5 million project to pilot 'development benefits' - financial payments to households with the aim of reducing opposition to new homes.
When the property industry tells ministers that they need to allow planning authorities to increase application fees, then you know that the lack of resources in council planning departments really has become acute.
The recent publication of the pipeline of tall buildings in London, pulled together by consultant GL Hearn, showed a record 455 schemes over 20 storeys at stages between application and completion.
- Team Leader Development Management Christchurch and East Dorset Councils Christchurch, Dorset
- Principal Planning Officer (2 posts) Development Management Christchurch and East Dorset Councils Christchurch, Dorset
- Major Planning Projects Officer (2 posts) Development Management Christchurch and East Dorset Councils Christchurch, Dorset
- Senior Planning Project Officer East Herts Council Hertfordshire
- Deputy Head of Planning Services Gosport Borough Council Gosport Hampshire
A Planning investigation reveals that councils have collected tens of millions of pounds in Community Infrastructure Levy receipts, but only a small proportion has so far been spent on infrastructure. John Geoghegan reports.
The pros and cons of foreign investment in housing are examined by Matthew White.
The government sees a key function of a new £2.3 billion infrastructure fund as being to spur local authorities to get up-to-date plans in place, but experts have raised questions over how the funding pot will operate and its likely effectiveness in unlocking housing sites.
A survey of English local authority planners reveals how they expect to spend the extra money promised by the government's proposed application fee rise, reports Mark Wilding.