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Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Observers have attributed a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

Observers attribute a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Policy Briefing: What new housing fund means for large-scale developments

Policy Briefing: What new housing fund means for large-scale developments

New funding for large-scale schemes is good news but longer-term measures are also needed, say Dominick Veasey and Fay Goodson.

Javid needs to show the determination to implement his planning vision, Richard Garlick

Javid needs to show the determination to implement his planning vision, Richard Garlick

According to some well-connected sources, the housing white paper may have been published by the time you read this. If not, it is reported to be due to appear within days.

What EIA revisions mean for practitioners

What EIA revisions mean for practitioners

Changes to EIA rules requiring the significant adverse effects of developments to be monitored could lead to uncertainty for applicants and place an additional burden on local planning authorities, according to experts.

How Barwell's boost to neighbourhood plans could affect development prospects

How Barwell's boost to neighbourhood plans could affect development prospects

Shortly before Christmas, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued a written ministerial statement (WMS) that overnight changed the weight to be given to some places' neighbourhood plans.

Planning in 2017: Policy and legislation preview

Planning in 2017: Policy and legislation preview

The new year looks set to see further far-reaching changes to the planning system, with a series of new policies and laws promised by government. Bryan Johnston looks ahead.

Policy Summary: Fund to help authorities handle shale gas applications

Policy Summary: Fund to help authorities handle shale gas applications

Policy: Shale Exploration - Support for Mineral Planning Authorities

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.

2016: The year in headlines

2016: The year in headlines

The biggest planning stories to make the news over the past year are remembered by John Geoghegan.


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