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Scottish ministers refuse 300 Angus homes

Scottish ministers refuse 300 Angus homes

Scottish ministers have blocked plans for 300 homes on prime agricultural land in Angus, agreeing with the recommendations of a reporter who concluded that it would not be in the public interest to develop the site for housing contrary to development plan policy.

Lords report calls for focus on energy schemes which 'keep the lights on'

Lords report calls for focus on energy schemes which 'keep the lights on'

News that a House of Lords select committee report has called for the government to vary the pace of carbon emission reductions in order to prioritise energy projects that 'keep the lights on' features in today's newspaper round-up.

36% of London homes 'lost' after permission is granted

36% of London homes 'lost' after permission is granted

More than one in three homes given the go-ahead in London are not built after planning permission is granted, according to research published today.

Data blog: Who has reason to fear the white paper's housing delivery test?

Data blog: Who has reason to fear the white paper's housing delivery test?

EXCLUSIVE: The authorities performing worst against the government's new housing delivery test include a group of London boroughs, a number of districts with green belt constraints, as well as authorities with tightly drawn boundaries which are seeking to work with their neighbours to address housing need across wider areas, two assessments suggest.

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Developers shrug off White Paper threats, by Joey Gardiner

Developers shrug off White Paper threats, by Joey Gardiner

This month's Housing White Paper included a suite of measures designed to speed up the rate at which developers build out planning permissions.

The implications of the government's density drive

The implications of the government's density drive

The Housing White Paper's move to densify development reverses a direction set by the coalition government. Experts welcome the flexibility of the approach. But some highlight potential threats to design quality, while others question the extent of its impact.

How the white paper will affect green belt boundaries

How the white paper will affect green belt boundaries

Ministers' proposals to codify the very special circumstances test for amending green belt boundaries have been broadly welcomed by practitioners, though few expect that it will lead to any substantial redrawing of boundaries to open up sites for development.

Unfinished business: What the Housing White Paper didn't say

Unfinished business: What the Housing White Paper didn't say

David Dewar looks at five of the most important planning issues that are still unresolved following the Housing White Paper's publication.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: White Paper moots updating policies on neighbourhood planning and design

Policy Summary: White Paper moots updating policies on neighbourhood planning and design

Policy: Proposals to Amend Neighbourhood Planning and Design Policies in the Housing White Paper.

Policy Briefing: What to expect in the wake of Scotland's reform proposals

Policy Briefing: What to expect in the wake of Scotland's reform proposals

The Scottish government's planning reforms package could speed up decisions but carries potential risks, says Alastair Wood.

Policy Briefing: What proposed environmental assessment changes mean

Policy Briefing: What proposed environmental assessment changes mean

Changes to environmental impact assessment rules could produce new burdens for councils and developers, James Alflatt predicts.

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