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NPPF viability test hindering councils' affordable homes provision, says TCPA report

NPPF viability test hindering councils' affordable homes provision, says TCPA report

Almost two-thirds of councils say the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) viability test has thwarted their ability to secure adequate affordable housing for their area, according to a new survey.

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Rhetoric of community empowerment is failing to match reality, says report

Rhetoric of community empowerment is failing to match reality, says report

The 'rhetoric of community empowerment and engagement and the reality on the ground is a cause of great frustration' for communities, a report on barriers to community engagement in planning has concluded.

Judge orders travellers to leave Surrey green belt site

Judge orders travellers to leave Surrey green belt site

A High Court judge has told a group of travellers who unlawfully occupied an area of green belt land in Surrey to leave the site within 14 days.

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What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that the absence of a five-year supply of deliverable sites should render out of date only those policies dealing with the numbers and distribution of housing and not those which seek to restrict housing.

Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Practitioners believe that more neighbourhood groups could follow the example set by two Cornish neighbourhood plans endorsed by residents in local polls held earlier this month, which seek to use planning conditions to prevent new open market housing from being used as second homes.

Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones

Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones

Policy: Clean Air Zone Framework

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire plan falls short of need

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire plan falls short of need

A Berkshire local authority has published a draft local plan setting out new homes targets that fall short of its objectively assessed housing need.


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Supreme Court offers little succour to councils with land supply shortages, by Richard Garlick

Paragraph 49 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) says that "relevant policies for the supply of housing should not be considered up-to-date if the local planning authority cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites".

Council corporations may not find land that cheap, by Joey Gardiner

Amidst the furore accompanying the announcement of the snap election, a late-introduced line in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 that could fundamentally alter the way new towns are brought forward may have escaped your attention.

Planning for custom build and community-led housing, by Chris Brown

The irrational fear of the unknown is a powerful barrier to positive change not least in planning for housing delivery.

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Mayors are powerful new players in planning, by Richard Garlick

Six significant new planning figures were created by last week's elections for city regional mayors.

Green regulation extends its reach, by Angus Walker

From 16 May, a new regime of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will come into force, based on a revised EIA Directive issued by the European Union.

Legal viewpoint: Stripy house saga highlights limits on remediation notices

Few will have missed the west London "stripy house" saga. The owner had been seeking planning permission to convert it from offices to a dwelling.

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