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Government vows infrastructure push to drive industrial strategy

Government vows infrastructure push to drive industrial strategy

The government will use additional infrastructure funding to unlock growth and help more evenly distribute economic prosperity across the country, according to its industrial strategy, published today.

Government rejects threatened grounds of challenge against neighbourhood planning changes

Government rejects threatened grounds of challenge against neighbourhood planning changes

The government has signalled that it does not intend to back down over its recent move to strengthen neighbourhood plans, rejecting the grounds of a legal challenge threatened by a group of developers in a letter seen by Planning.

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Plans for Worthing's tallest building approved by councillors

Plans for Worthing's tallest building approved by councillors

Councillors in Sussex last week approved plans for a regeneration scheme incorporating a tower block which would be Worthing's tallest building.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

The Tory peer who has launched legal action in a bid to overturn the communities secretary's decision to allow a scheme comprising 50 homes in East Sussex has said that the approval has 'destroyed' a village's neighbourhood plan and 'destroyed people's trust in fair government'.

Policy Briefing: What new housing fund means for large-scale developments

Policy Briefing: What new housing fund means for large-scale developments

New funding for large-scale schemes is good news but longer-term measures are also needed, say Dominick Veasey and Fay Goodson.

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

Local consultation and cooperation has brought a 416 home development to fruition in the South Downs. David Dewar reports.

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

Observers attribute a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.


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Legal Viewpoint: Powers of reason affecting decisions to grant consent

When does a duty to give reasons for granting planning permission apply? The legal position is increasingly convoluted, despite the government decision in 2013 to remove the specific duty for councils to summarise reasons for approval on each permission.

Burnham would be wise to persist with the Greater Manchester plan, by Richard Garlick

Requiring as it did the agreement of ten neighbouring councils of differing political hues, the first draft of the strategic plan for Greater Manchester was an achievement in itself, even if adoption is still a distant prospect.

Javid needs to show the determination to implement his planning vision, Richard Garlick

According to some well-connected sources, the housing white paper may have been published by the time you read this. If not, it is reported to be due to appear within days.

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Legal viewpoint: Tide turns in homes battle with neighbourhood plans

In May 2015, in the week before the general election, three ministerial decisions were quashed by the High Court.

There is a problem with allocations of small sites, by Joey Gardiner

No doubt the report issued by the Federation of Masters Builders (FMB) about the struggles faced by small housebuilders will have faded in your mind since Christmas.

The value of EU cross-border cooperation, by Cliff Hague

Removing the barriers created by borders has been a fundamental part of the European Union's work.

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