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How the DCLG aims to make the viability process simpler

How the DCLG aims to make the viability process simpler

Government proposals to reduce the need for viability assessments by making clear that where local plan policy requirements have been tested for viability the issue should not be tested again at the application stage have puzzled experts, who believe the plans mirror the existing approach.

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.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Policy Briefing: How London's environmental strategy could affect planners

Policy Briefing: How London's environmental strategy could affect planners

The challenges in making London the first National Park City can be overcome with careful planning, says Ben Kite.

How the fee rise delay has affected local planning teams

How the fee rise delay has affected local planning teams

A delay to the introduction of provisions to enable town halls to raise planning fees by 20 per cent has meant that planning chiefs have pressed the pause button on plans to recruit new staff and projects to improve performance.

Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Six years ago, the publication of the draft version of the National Planning Policy Framework for consultation unleashed a storm of protest.

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.

Government has been tinkering with custom build guidance, by Chris Brown

Government has been tinkering with custom build guidance, by Chris Brown

The government has been doing some tinkering with the planning practice guidance (PPG) for custom build housing over the summer.

Policy Briefing: How the Scottish government aims to tweak its planning changes

Policy Briefing: How the Scottish government aims to tweak its planning changes

Holyrood has set out how it intends to react to the responses to its planning reform proposals, says Neil Collar.

How Sadiq Khan aims to incentivise developers to build more affordable homes

How Sadiq Khan aims to incentivise developers to build more affordable homes

The mayor of London has made a number of small but significant concessions to developers in the publication of his new affordable housing supplementary planning guidance, according to planning experts.

What court's reversal of minister's decision means for practitioners

What court's reversal of minister's decision means for practitioners

A High Court judgment reversing a ministerial decision to approve 50 homes in a West Sussex village may help clarify what should be considered material to planning appeals, according to experts.


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