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Why a clarification on small sites policy could embolden town halls

Why a clarification on small sites policy could embolden town halls

More local planning authorities are likely to seek to levy affordable housing contributions on small sites following an attempt by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to clarify the issue, according to experts.

'Vast majority' of authorities have responded to fees offer, says DCLG

'Vast majority' of authorities have responded to fees offer, says DCLG

The 'vast majority' of local planning authorities in England have responded to a letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) which offered them the freedom to increase fees by 20 per cent from July if they commit to invest the additional fee income in their planning department.

CIL Watch: South Downs is first of England's national parks to adopt CIL

CIL Watch: South Downs is first of England's national parks to adopt CIL

The South Downs National Park Authority will bring its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule into force on 1 April, when it will become the first of England's national park authorities to start collecting the development tariff.

Budget 2017: London deal includes plan for land auction pilot

Budget 2017: London deal includes plan for land auction pilot

Proposals to pilot a new land value capture mechanism on a major infrastructure project in the capital are included in a memorandum of understanding on further devolution to London announced in today's Budget statement.

PINS clarifies approach on small sites affordable housing contributions

PINS clarifies approach on small sites affordable housing contributions

A ministerial statement stipulating that affordable housing contributions should not be sought from small schemes does not automatically outweigh local policies, the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has said as it issued an apology to a borough which had complained over a series of decisions in which inspectors had come to differing views on the matter.

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Clarification from PINS will not end uncertainty on small sites policy, by Jamie Carpenter

More than two years after former planning minister Brandon Lewis issued a controversial written ministerial statement (WMS) exempting small sites from affordable housing obligations, could a letter from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) finally clear up how much weight should be attached to the policy?

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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Why a pan-London infrastructure levy is smashing its targets

Why a pan-London infrastructure levy is smashing its targets

Supporters of proposals to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy with a low-level charge say that new figures demonstrating the success of a pan-London levy set up to raise funds for the Crossrail project serve to bolster rather than undermine their case.

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.

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.

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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