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Merseyside council cracks down on houses of multiple occupation

Merseyside council cracks down on houses of multiple occupation

A Merseyside council is to remove permitted development rights which allow property owners to convert their homes into houses of multiple occupation (HMOs).

Timetable for Greater Manchester spatial framework slips

Timetable for Greater Manchester spatial framework slips

A fresh draft of the emerging Manchester city-region spatial framework will not be published for consultation until June 2018, a year later than initially proposed, it has been announced.

Plans approved for 354-home Trafford private rented sector scheme

Plans approved for 354-home Trafford private rented sector scheme

Plans have been approved for a 354-home private rented sector development at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester after the developer agreed to a contribution of £500,000 for off-site affordable housing and a £1 million package of public realm works.

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The key planning hurdles that the second phase of HS2 must overcome

The key planning hurdles that the second phase of HS2 must overcome

Local authorities seeking to promote changes to plans for the second phase of the HS2 rail link will have to invest significant time and resources to argue their case, according to infrastructure planning experts.

Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Warrington Borough Council's local plan review consultation is the latest to propose large-scale releases from the green belt in order to meet development needs.

Local Plan Watch: 'Fastest-shrinking' district aims to spur economic growth with housing target

Local Plan Watch: 'Fastest-shrinking' district aims to spur economic growth with housing target

News that England's 'fastest-shrinking' district is proposing a housing target of 133 homes a year in its draft planning blueprint, despite latest official projections suggesting a loss of households over the plan period, features in the latest instalment of Local Plan Watch.

Five things we learned from the IED North Conference

Five things we learned from the IED North Conference

The Institute of Economic Development's first northern conference took place in Manchester on Wednesday. Here are five things we learned about planning, economic development and devolution at the event.


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