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NPPF viability test hindering councils' affordable homes provision, says TCPA report

NPPF viability test hindering councils' affordable homes provision, says TCPA report

Almost two-thirds of councils say the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) viability test has thwarted their ability to secure adequate affordable housing for their area, according to a new survey.

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Rhetoric of community empowerment is failing to match reality, says report

Rhetoric of community empowerment is failing to match reality, says report

The 'rhetoric of community empowerment and engagement and the reality on the ground is a cause of great frustration' for communities, a report on barriers to community engagement in planning has concluded.

Judge orders travellers to leave Surrey green belt site

Judge orders travellers to leave Surrey green belt site

A High Court judge has told a group of travellers who unlawfully occupied an area of green belt land in Surrey to leave the site within 14 days.

Plans submitted for 40-storey Manchester tower

Plans submitted for 40-storey Manchester tower

Plans have been submitted for 756-home development, including a 40-storey tower, on the northern edge of Manchester city centre.

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Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Practitioners believe that more neighbourhood groups could follow the example set by two Cornish neighbourhood plans endorsed by residents in local polls held earlier this month, which seek to use planning conditions to prevent new open market housing from being used as second homes.

Council corporations may not find land that cheap, by Joey Gardiner

Council corporations may not find land that cheap, by Joey Gardiner

Amidst the furore accompanying the announcement of the snap election, a late-introduced line in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 that could fundamentally alter the way new towns are brought forward may have escaped your attention.

How work on the government's 24 garden cities, towns and villages is progressing

How work on the government's 24 garden cities, towns and villages is progressing

The government has now confirmed 24 garden cities, towns and villages. But what support is it offering and how are these schemes progressing on the ground, Rob Smith asks.

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that the absence of a five-year supply of deliverable sites should render out of date only those policies dealing with the numbers and distribution of housing and not those which seek to restrict housing.


Policy Briefings

Policy Briefing: What do brownfield registers mean for planners?

Policy Briefing: What do brownfield registers mean for planners?

The government's new brownfield registers may have an impact on already stretched council resources, says James Waterhouse.

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Policy Summary: Guidance on new cycling and walking plans for local authorities

Policy Summary: Guidance on new cycling and walking plans for local authorities

Policy: Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans: Technical Guidance for Local Authorities.

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about basement developments

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about basement developments

The continued growth in basement developments presents a number of challenges for planners, says Nicola Insley.

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