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Plans approved for Old War Office conversion

Plans approved for Old War Office conversion

Plans have been approved to convert the Grade II* listed Old War Office building in Westminster to create a 125-bed hotel and 88 apartments, alongside a spa, bar and restaurant facilities.

Council parks and green spaces should get local plan backing, say MPs

Council parks and green spaces should get local plan backing, say MPs

Councils should 'recognise the importance of parks and green spaces' in their local plans, according to a new report on the future of public parks by the communities and local government select committee.

Government backtracks on 'commuter hub' definition

Government backtracks on 'commuter hub' definition

The government has rowed back on its plans to include a definition of the term 'commuter hub' in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) after concerns were raised about the proposed wording.

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Housing White Paper: NPPF revisions to support nascent Build to Rent sector

Housing White Paper: NPPF revisions to support nascent Build to Rent sector

The government intends to amend planning policy to make it easier for developers of purpose-built developments for the rental market to offer affordable private rented homes instead of other forms of affordable housing, the Housing White Paper reveals.

NPPG In Depth & Comment

Why reduced land supply requirement is causing confusion

Why reduced land supply requirement is causing confusion

Uncertainty still surrounds how a reduced land supply requirement will work in areas with adopted neighbourhood plans, despite government attempts to clarify this aspect of December's written ministerial statement (WMS) on the issue.

Viability tests should use existing use values, by Richard Garlick

Viability tests should use existing use values, by Richard Garlick

A study published this week accuses the National Planning Policy Framework of contributing to a diversion of funds from affordable housing to landowners' pockets.

Ministers look back to move forward, by Catriona Riddell

Ministers look back to move forward, by Catriona Riddell

We still await the housing white paper, now promised for next week. But, given what we know from recent statements and the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, it sounds as if the government will announce changes to the local plan system that will make it more similar to the old regime.

The ten most studied appeal and call-in decisions in 2016

The ten most studied appeal and call-in decisions in 2016

The government's promise to boost housing supply has been pursued in inspectors' and ministerial decisions during 2016. Seven of the ten most frequently downloaded cases from DCS Ltd's COMPASS online appeals database focused on medium to large-scale housing schemes on greenfield sites.


Policy Briefings

Policy Briefing: How the Greater Manchester draft plan affects you

Policy Briefing: How the Greater Manchester draft plan affects you

The city-region framework's focus on a few large sites could present challenges, says Gary Halman.

Policy Briefing: How a ruling on speculative schemes affects you

Policy Briefing: How a ruling on speculative schemes affects you

A court ruling will make non-plan-compliant schemes harder to approve, says Keith Fenwick.

Policy Summary: Trust guidance outlines planning's role in protecting parks and gardens heritage

Policy Summary: Trust guidance outlines planning's role in protecting parks and gardens heritage

Policy: The Planning System in England and the Protection of Historic Parks and Gardens - Guidance for Local Planning Authorities.

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