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DCLG officials to explain plans to drive up housing delivery at next week's Planning for Housing event

DCLG officials to explain plans to drive up housing delivery at next week's Planning for Housing event

Department for Communities and Local Government chief planner Steve Quartermain will deliver a keynote speech at next week's Planning for Housing conference in London, setting out how the government wants the public and the private sectors to drive up the delivery of new housing, and plan for it.

Welsh government pledges 'bespoke infrastructure consenting process'

Welsh government pledges 'bespoke infrastructure consenting process'

A pledge to establish a 'bespoke infrastructure consenting process' is contained in a national strategy published last week by the Welsh government.

HS2 urges action on Crossrail 2

HS2 urges action on Crossrail 2

Reports that HS2 bosses have warned that the project's success depends on the north-south London link Crossrail 2 being given the go-ahead feature in today's newspaper round-up.

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Policy Summary: Guidance on the standard data format for preparing a brownfield register

Policy Summary: Guidance on the standard data format for preparing a brownfield register

Policy: Brownfield Land Registers Data Standard: Preparing and Publishing a Register.

How the DCLG aims to make the viability process simpler

How the DCLG aims to make the viability process simpler

Government proposals to reduce the need for viability assessments by making clear that where local plan policy requirements have been tested for viability the issue should not be tested again at the application stage have puzzled experts, who believe the plans mirror the existing approach.

How four Essex councils are seeking to deploy new development powers

How four Essex councils are seeking to deploy new development powers

The Essex authorities seeking to use new development corporation powers to deliver a string of garden communities believe that the status would help them assemble land and fend off speculative planning applications.

The implications of the proposed standard housing need formula

The implications of the proposed standard housing need formula

Experts have raised questions over the robustness of the methodology proposed in last week's long-awaited consultation into a standardised method of calculating local authorities' housing need, and asked whether communities secretary Sajid Javid has the stomach for a seemingly inevitable political fight.


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Success of housing need method rests on plan to strengthen cooperation between neighbours, by Jamie Carpenter

A few months later than promised, we now know the details of the government's plans to simplify the process for assessing housing need.

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Shock and crisis recovery in spatial planning, by David Marlow

At very short notice I have been asked to assist the British Overseas Territories (OTs) of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands (BVI), and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with recovery planning post-Hurricane Irma.

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling supports conditions to boost local economies

The tension between the government's twin policy aims of housing delivery and localism has been well documented.

How low-cost planning might look, by Catriona Riddell

It is universally acknowledged that the challenges facing planning departments up and down the country are vast.

Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Six years ago, the publication of the draft version of the National Planning Policy Framework for consultation unleashed a storm of protest.

The mayor's criteria for fast track schemes are testing, but not unfeasible, by Richard Garlick

Last month, while many if not most planning professionals were on holiday, London mayor Sadiq Khan published the final version of his affordable housing and viability supplementary planning guidance (SPG).

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BIAC Rural Planning Conference 2017 in association with Planning and Farmers Weekly

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