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How draft guidance aims to boost London affordable housing delivery

How draft guidance aims to boost London affordable housing delivery

New draft guidance from London's mayor proposes a fast track for subsidy-free schemes that provide more than 35 per cent affordable homes, but experts are divided as to how much the plan would encourage applicants to increase proportions of affordable housing.

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How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

Autumn Statement announcements make clear that, instead of repairing existing road, ministers are focused on using roads funding to pump prime other types of development.

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Chancellor's cautious but positive statement, by Richard Garlick

Chancellor's cautious but positive statement, by Richard Garlick

Contrary to some expectations, there was no housing white paper published as part of the Autumn Statement.

How the government is moving away from home ownership preoccupation

How the government is moving away from home ownership preoccupation

Key announcements in the government's Autumn Statement mark a welcome shift towards support for a wider mix of low-cost home models, practitioners have said.

What cash limit means for infrastructure commission

What cash limit means for infrastructure commission

A cap on spending tied to economic growth need not stop the National Infrastructure Commission from flagging up longer-term priorities, sector experts have suggested.

Five things to look out for in the housing white paper

Five things to look out for in the housing white paper

Measures to increase build-out rates and allow planning departments to recoup more funds from fee income are expected to be among the main themes in the first planning-related white paper for almost a decade.

Policy Summary: Government promises to expand chief planner role following Lords report

Policy Summary: Government promises to expand chief planner role following Lords report

Policy: Government Response to the Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Built Environment.

Policy Briefing: What the London Plan consultation means for you

Policy Briefing: What the London Plan consultation means for you

Sadiq Khan's consultation document for the next London Plan poses challenges to applicants and authorities, says Laura Webster.

New leaders must be ready to flex, by Catriona Riddell

New leaders must be ready to flex, by Catriona Riddell

There is a wind of change filling the corridors of Department for Communities and Local Government.

Policy Summary: Rules on recording and publication of permitted development scheme data

Policy Summary: Rules on recording and publication of permitted development scheme data

Policy: Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Policy Factsheet - Planning Register


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