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Cheshire neighbourhood plan area amended to exclude garden village

Cheshire neighbourhood plan area amended to exclude garden village

A Cheshire authority has amended a parish council's proposed neighbourhood plan area to exclude a new garden village.

What proposals to replace CIL would mean for applicants and authorities

What proposals to replace CIL would mean for applicants and authorities

A system put forward by a government-commissioned review to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) would see all development face a low-level charge, with no - or very few - exemptions, the removal of the need for an examination process, and a mandatory requirement placed on town halls to adopt the new mechanism.

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Housing White Paper: Review recommends CIL shake-up, but no decision yet from ministers

Housing White Paper: Review recommends CIL shake-up, but no decision yet from ministers

A government-commissioned review has recommended that the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) should be replaced with a 'hybrid system' of a low level tariff for all developments and section 106 for larger developments.

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Welsh white paper sets out plan for 'regional' planning services

Welsh white paper sets out plan for 'regional' planning services

A range of planning functions in Wales - including plan-making, setting Community Infrastructure Levy charges, and development management - could be delivered at a larger-than-local level under proposals contained in a Welsh government white paper.

CIL Watch: Examiner backs south Worcestershire councils' CIL proposals

CIL Watch: Examiner backs south Worcestershire councils' CIL proposals

News that an examiner has endorsed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) proposals brought forward by a group of Worcestershire authorities features in the latest CIL Watch update.

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Ministers' political priorities for CIL have blunted its effectiveness, by Jamie Carpenter

In a book published a couple of years ago, the former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke explored the concept of the 'too difficult box'. The book's chapters examine seemingly intractable issues such as social care funding, pensions and media regulation, which politicians are unable to crack.

Viability tests should use existing use values, by Richard Garlick

A study published this week accuses the National Planning Policy Framework of contributing to a diversion of funds from affordable housing to landowners' pockets.

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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.

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How to capture land value rises

How to capture land value rises

We lack effective methods of capturing land value increases created by planning permission and public investment, says Paul Cheshire. But there are potential solutions.

How rising land values are prompting infrastructure levy rate changes

How rising land values are prompting infrastructure levy rate changes

A handful of charging authorities are working up plans to introduce revised versions of their Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedules, but experts warn that others may be reluctant to follow suit despite the potential for raising additional funding for local infrastructure.

Why confusion is growing over small sites exemption

Why confusion is growing over small sites exemption

Confusion surrounding the interpretation of the government's policy of exempting small sites from affordable housing contributions appears to be deepening with a raft of seemingly contradictory appeal decisions by planning inspectors.

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.


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