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Government introduces measures to speed up compulsory purchase

Government introduces measures to speed up compulsory purchase

A new package of measures intended to simplify and speed up the compulsory purchase process has been introduced by the government.

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How the DCLG aims to make the viability process simpler

How the DCLG aims to make the viability process simpler

Government proposals to reduce the need for viability assessments by making clear that where local plan policy requirements have been tested for viability the issue should not be tested again at the application stage have puzzled experts, who believe the plans mirror the existing approach.

CIL Watch: Cheshire East reduces proposed residential levy rates

CIL Watch: Cheshire East reduces proposed residential levy rates

News that Cheshire East Council has slashed proposed residential Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges across the majority of its area features in the latest instalment of CIL Watch.

Government publishes proposals to make viability 'simpler, quicker and more transparent'

Government publishes proposals to make viability 'simpler, quicker and more transparent'

The government has set out proposals to make viability assessments 'simpler, quicker and more transparent', including a move to change national planning policy to make clear that applications that meet viability requirements set out in local planning policies 'should be assumed to be viable'.

Javid blocks 700-home brownfield scheme over s106 'deficiencies'

Javid blocks 700-home brownfield scheme over s106 'deficiencies'

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for a mixed-use scheme comprising more than 700 homes on a brownfield site in south-west London after finding 'serious deficiencies' in the section 106 unilateral undertaking drafted for the development.

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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.

The cash for homes policy that never was, by Shane Brownie

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.

Government must make clear when extra fee income will be forthcoming, by Richard Garlick

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.

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How much Community Infrastructure Levy money have councils actually spent?

How much Community Infrastructure Levy money have councils actually spent?

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.

Why mayor's angry words over affordable housing negotiations may prove to be hollow

Why mayor's angry words over affordable housing negotiations may prove to be hollow

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.

Policy Briefing: What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

Policy Briefing: What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

The pros and cons of foreign investment in housing are examined by Matthew White.

Fees survey: How councils plan to spend revenues raised from planning fee increases

Fees survey: How councils plan to spend revenues raised from planning fee increases

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.


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