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Conservatives 2013: Boles: 'shoot me if I'm still planning minister after election'

Conservatives 2013: Boles: 'shoot me if I'm still planning minister after election'

Nick Boles has told a Tory party conference fringe event to 'shoot me' if he is still planning minister after the next general election.

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Council set to withdraw core strategy following new housing need study

Council set to withdraw core strategy following new housing need study

A council in Surrey is set to withdraw its key planning document after carrying out a study that indicated it would have to 'significantly' raise its proposed annual housebuilding target.

Developers threaten judicial review over neighbourhood plan, says council

Developers threaten judicial review over neighbourhood plan, says council

A council has complained of 'corporate bullying' after three housebuilders threatened a judicial review over a neighbourhood plan that recently passed examination.

Inspector warns council over housing shortfall

Inspector warns council over housing shortfall

A Staffordshire district council has said that it is willing to identify land for an additional 900 homes after an inspector warned that its local plan fails to make adequate provision for housing need.

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Judge declares Leeds planning policies 'unlawful'

Judge declares Leeds planning policies 'unlawful'

Leeds City Council's attempts to protect the city's historic canal-side from housing development have suffered a major setback after a High Court judge declared two council planning policies 'unlawful'.

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Pickles backs developer over 'unrealistic' affordable homes requirement

Pickles backs developer over 'unrealistic' affordable homes requirement

The communities secretary has approved a mixed-use scheme in east London, ruling that the council's expectation for affordable housing provision to be provided by the development was 'unrealistic'.

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Small sites boost 'must not come at expense of local infrastructure provision'

Small sites boost 'must not come at expense of local infrastructure provision'

More should be done to encourage small and medium-sized construction firms to enter the housing market, but this should not be done at the expense of securing developer contributions for local services, infrastructure or affordable housing, a House of Commons committee report has recommended.

DCLG 'lacks ambition' on meeting housing need

DCLG 'lacks ambition' on meeting housing need

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) shows a 'lack of ambition' on meeting housing need, a report by the public spending watchdog has said.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill signed into law

Neighbourhood Planning Bill signed into law

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill was among a group of 22 bills to receive Royal Assent yesterday evening ahead of the dissolution of Parliament next week.

Khan pulls plug on London's controversial 'Garden Bridge' project

Khan pulls plug on London's controversial 'Garden Bridge' project

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said he will not provide the financial guarantees required to allow work to begin on the controversial 'Garden Bridge' project, casting the future of the project into doubt.

High Court backs Slough green belt rail freight refusal

High Court backs Slough green belt rail freight refusal

The High Court has upheld a secretary of state decision to refuse plans for a strategic rail freight interchange in the green belt near Slough, despite a judge ruling that a planning inspector had misinterpreted green belt policy.

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