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Budget 2017: Government plans to deallocate sites with no prospect of delivery

Budget 2017: Government plans to deallocate sites with no prospect of delivery

The government is to consult on a proposal to take allocated sites out of local plans where 'there is no prospect' of a planning application being made for their intended use.

Budget 2017: HCA to get new planning powers in expanded role

Budget 2017: HCA to get new planning powers in expanded role

The government's housing and regeneration quango is to get new planning and compulsory purchase powers as part of an expanded role for the body, the chancellor announced in today's Budget.

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Policy & Legislation In Depth

Policy Summary: Regulations aiming to clear the way for across-the-board increase in application fees

Policy Summary: Regulations aiming to clear the way for across-the-board increase in application fees

Policy: Draft Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

Three messages for ministers on standard method proposals

Three messages for ministers on standard method proposals

Responses to the government's proposed standard approach to assessing local housing need have welcomed the proposal as enabling a speedier process of plan preparation, but there are concerns that it fails to take account of aspirations for economic growth in parts of the country.

Policy Briefing: What neighbourhood housing need change means for you

Policy Briefing: What neighbourhood housing need change means for you

The requirement to provide neighbourhood housing need figures could further stretch under-pressure planners, warns Sean Lewis.

The government should get on with introducing the next round of the fee rise, by Richard Garlick

The government should get on with introducing the next round of the fee rise, by Richard Garlick

At last, the regulations that are intended to enable local planning authorities to raise application fees by 20 per cent have been laid before Parliament.

Policy Summary: Scottish government advice for councils determining build-to-rent developments

Policy Summary: Scottish government advice for councils determining build-to-rent developments

Policy: Planning Delivery Advice: Build-To-Rent

Policy Briefing: What the industrial-to-residential rule change means for planners

Policy Briefing: What the industrial-to-residential rule change means for planners

The new rule is meant to deliver extra housing from former light industrial sites, but its impact will be limited, says Owain Nedin.

Policy Summary: Welsh government includes planning priorities in key strategy document

Policy Summary: Welsh government includes planning priorities in key strategy document

Policy: Prosperity for All: The National Strategy

Ten things we learned from the Planning for Housing conference

Ten things we learned from the Planning for Housing conference

The 2017 Planning for Housing conference, organised by Planning, was held in London last week. Here are ten things we learned:


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