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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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Welsh government announces measures to boost music venue protections

Welsh government announces measures to boost music venue protections

The Welsh government has said that it intends to insert an 'explicit reference' to the agent of change principle within national planning policy and allow councils to designate areas of 'cultural significance for music' within local plans.

Wales moves to make SuDS requirements mandatory

Wales moves to make SuDS requirements mandatory

All new developments in Wales would be required to have a sustainable drainage system that meets mandatory national standards under proposals published by the Welsh government.

Nuclear developer makes affordable homes pledge

Nuclear developer makes affordable homes pledge

The developer behind plans for a new nuclear power station at Anglesey in north Wales has unveiled revised plans for the scheme, including a new commitment to fund the delivery of affordable housing in the area.

Watford outlines commuted sums policy on affordable homes

Watford outlines commuted sums policy on affordable homes

Smaller-scale developments in Watford may be exempted from on-site affordable housing requirements, according to draft guidance published by the borough council.

1,800-home Surrey airfield development faces High Court challenge

1,800-home Surrey airfield development faces High Court challenge

Campaigners have secured a date at the High Court to seek to overturn a council's resolution to grant consent for a 1,800-home development on a 248-hectare aerodrome site in Surrey.

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