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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.

Javid refuses 92-home Cotswolds scheme

Javid refuses 92-home Cotswolds scheme

The communities secretary has dismissed an appeal for a 92-home development in the Cotswolds after concluding that harm to a conservation area arising from the scheme would not be outweighed by its benefits, including the provision of 50 per cent affordable housing.

Housing need consultation: 9 things you need to know

Housing need consultation: 9 things you need to know

Nine things you need to know about this week's consultation on housing need, including an 'ambition' to publish a revised National Planning Policy Framework by Spring 2018, proposals to strengthen cross-boundary planning, changes intended to streamline viability assessments and plans to make section 106 agreements more transparent.

Javid refuses 212 Buckinghamshire homes over green belt harm

Javid refuses 212 Buckinghamshire homes over green belt harm

The communities secretary has refused plans for 212 homes on a former factory site within the Buckinghamshire green belt, despite the council being unable demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

NPPG In Depth & Comment

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.

What new data reveals about the quality of local decision-making

What new data reveals about the quality of local decision-making

The local planning authorities identified by experimental government data as having the greatest proportion of major decisions overturned on appeal say that they intend to fight off the threat of designation under the special measures regime.

The policy and legislation changes that are due this autumn

The policy and legislation changes that are due this autumn

The policy and legislation changes that are in the pipeline for this autumn are outlined by Bryan Johnston.

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

The Court of Appeal has rejected a generalised presumption in favour of sustainable development (PIFSD) in its ruling on an inspector's decision to approve Barwood Strategic Land's plans for up to 150 new homes in Staffordshire.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: A reminder to planners to stay up-to-date with security risks when preparing policies

Policy Summary: A reminder to planners to stay up-to-date with security risks when preparing policies

Policy: Chief planner's letter about security and planning.

Policy Briefing: What does the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling mean for you?

Policy Briefing: What does the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling mean for you?

This landmark judgement should not be viewed by councils as a way to resist housing applications, says Simon Coop.

Policy Briefing: What build to rent policy changes mean for planners

Policy Briefing: What build to rent policy changes mean for planners

Government proposals to strengthen build to rent should provide certainty for councils and developers, says Kathryn Hampton.

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