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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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Plans for 68-storey tower in Croydon town centre given go-ahead

Plans for 68-storey tower in Croydon town centre given go-ahead

Plans for what would be one of the UK's tallest buildings have been approved in Croydon, despite Greater London Authority (GLA) concerns over a 'wholly unacceptable' lack of affordable housing.

Inspector allows 285 Northumberland homes after finding strategy withdrawal leaves 'vacuum'

Inspector allows 285 Northumberland homes after finding strategy withdrawal leaves 'vacuum'

A planning inspector has granted permission for nearly 300 homes in Northumberland, after finding that the recent withdrawal of the authority's core strategy from examination and its lack of a five-year housing supply had left a 'vacuum', resulting in 'little planned basis on which to identify suitable locations for development'.

Government introduces measures to speed up compulsory purchase

Government introduces measures to speed up compulsory purchase

A new package of measures intended to simplify and speed up the compulsory purchase process has been introduced by the government.

Cheshire East declares five new air quality action zones following data correction

Cheshire East declares five new air quality action zones following data correction

A Cheshire council has declared five new zones where pollution exceeds government targets as a result of correcting air quality data that was underreported in mysterious circumstances, Planning can reveal.

Solution to housing crisis 'requires green belt reform'

Solution to housing crisis 'requires green belt reform'

A claim that protecting so much green belt land is a luxury we can no longer afford features in today's newspaper round-up.

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