Ten things you need to know about the housing white paper

Ten things you need to know about the housing white paper

Communities secretary Sajid Javid yesterday unveiled the government's Housing White Paper. Here are ten things you need to know about the key planning measures in the document.

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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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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.

Where the White Paper's housing delivery test is set to bite

Where the White Paper's housing delivery test is set to bite

The government's new housing delivery test could require nearly two-thirds of authorities without up-to-date local plans to produce action plans setting out how they intend to get housebuilding in their areas back on track, an analysis by Planning suggests.

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.

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 a standardised housing need assessment could speed housing delivery

How a standardised housing need assessment could speed housing delivery

Government proposals to put housing need and land supply assessments on a standard footing offer a way out of endless arguments in plan examinations and appeal inquiries, says Derek Stebbing.

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What the housing white paper's penalties for underdelivery mean for authorities

What the housing white paper's penalties for underdelivery mean for authorities

Proposals in the Housing White Paper will open planning authorities up to unplanned development if they fail to meet government targets for housing growth.

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How the housing white paper gives councils leeway on Starter Homes

How the housing white paper gives councils leeway on Starter Homes

Experts have welcomed the government's retreat from plans to oblige councils to ensure a fixed element of Starter Homes on housing sites, although some see continued uncertainty over the government's new approach to affordable provision.

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.

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Will plans to charge for appeals discourage legitimate challenges?

Will plans to charge for appeals discourage legitimate challenges?

Housing White Paper proposals to introduce a fee of up to £2,000 for making an appeal are unlikely to deter applicants from making legitimate appeals and could provide additional income for the Planning Inspectorate to employ inspectors, observers say.

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