A High Court judge has ruled that a Somerset council acted unfairly in its handling of a section 106 agreement.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has signalled his support for the Crossrail 2 project, but said that the government now wants half of the flagship scheme's costs paid for up-front by London.
A promised 20 per cent increase in planning fees in England will not go ahead until after Parliament's summer recess, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed.
Developers planning to build new homes near the coast of the Solent would have to pay up to £880 per dwelling to help fund environmental conservation projects, under plans in a consultation document.
Councils will be able to apply for additional expert assistance on issues such as using compulsory purchase orders to unblock sites and viability negotiations under a new initiative launched by umbrella body the Local Government Association (LGA).
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.
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?
- Planning Consultant Macdonald & Co London (central)
- Principal Planner (Development Management) Fareham Borough Council Fareham, Hampshire
- Director of Planning and Regulatory Services Maldon District Council Essex
- Senior Planner Durrants Ltd Diss, Norfolk
- Principal Planning Officer (Policy) Bracknell Forest Borough Council Bracknell, Berkshire
The pros and cons of foreign investment in housing are examined by Matthew White.
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.
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.
Changes to London's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) system would see charges go up by more than a fifth in most boroughs, but the capital's deputy mayor for planning says that City Hall has taken independent advice that the proposed charges will not affect development viability.