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How holding direction removal crystallises position on green belt

How holding direction removal crystallises position on green belt

The government's decision to lift a holding direction on a West Yorkshire council's core strategy has helped to crystallise ministers' position on green belt release, but concerns are growing over the delays arising from their intervention in local plan preparation.

What the delivery test's sanctions would mean for authorities

What the delivery test's sanctions would mean for authorities

A government test that comes into effect in November is likely to require more than half of English local authorities to demonstrate that they have a housing land supply that is 20 per cent above what is essential to meet need over the next five years, according to research published last week.

What figures reveal on take-up of storage-to-residential right

What figures reveal on take-up of storage-to-residential right

New official statistics show that more than half of prior approval applications for the conversion of storage and distribution uses to housing are being approved, but some councils are sufficiently concerned about the impact of such changes that they are removing the permitted development rights.

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