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Inspector blocks 400 Cheshire homes despite 'marginal' five-year supply

Inspector blocks 400 Cheshire homes despite 'marginal' five-year supply

A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal against a Cheshire council's refusal of plans for 400 homes, despite recognising that the council's ability to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply was 'marginal and, potentially, in doubt'.

How we did it: Masterplanning a town centre revival

How we did it: Masterplanning a town centre revival

A 12-year vision to help a Merseyside town centre overcome years of decline had to look beyond retail, says John Geoghegan.

Is it about to get harder for local planning authorities to plan for more housing growth?

Is it about to get harder for local planning authorities to plan for more housing growth?

Observers are concerned that in some areas the combination of falling population projections and the outputs of the government's proposals standard formula for assessing housing need could assist those authorities that want to reduce their housing targets.

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Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Did a desire to manipulate the planning process cause Cheshire air quality data to be doctored, asks Catherine Early.

How we did it: Using a planning performance agreement

How we did it: Using a planning performance agreement

A performance agreement helped secure prompt permission for a Salford regeneration scheme. David Dewar reports.

CIL Watch: Cheshire East reduces proposed residential levy rates

CIL Watch: Cheshire East reduces proposed residential levy rates

News that Cheshire East Council has slashed proposed residential Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges across the majority of its area features in the latest instalment of CIL Watch.

The implications of the delay to the timetable of Greater Manchester's pioneering spatial framework

The implications of the delay to the timetable of Greater Manchester's pioneering spatial framework

Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham has announced a delay to the timetable of the city-region's emerging spatial framework, but experts differ on the extent to which he will be able to deliver on his promise of radically rewriting the document.


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