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Community housing sector warns over government's proposed leasehold ban

Community housing sector warns over government's proposed leasehold ban

Government plans to outlaw leaseholds on new-build houses could hold back delivery of new affordable housing, a representative body for the community-led housing sector has warned.

Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Local authorities will have to bring forward plans to improve air quality within eight months and produce final plans by the end of 2018, according to the government's air quality plan which was published today.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Policy Summary: Advice on how to prepare a bid for the new round of Heritage Action Zones

Policy Summary: Advice on how to prepare a bid for the new round of Heritage Action Zones

Policy: Heritage Action Zone: Explanatory Notes and Guidance.

How a ruling clarifies the scope of the NPPF's presumption policy

How a ruling clarifies the scope of the NPPF's presumption policy

A key Court of Appeal judgment makes clear that the National Planning Policy Framework's presumption in favour of sustainable development should not apply in instances where a local council has an up-to-date plan, in a ruling that experts suggest should "put to bed" planning disputes over the scope of the presumption.

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about data protection

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about data protection

A lack of awareness of data protection rules by council planners can be costly, say Vin Bange and Al Watson.

Government grinds into action, by Richard Garlick

Government grinds into action, by Richard Garlick

The past week has seen some important announcements from the Department of Communities and Local Government, as it seeks to re-energise its housebuilding drive after the shock of the general election result.

What the Queen's Speech tells us about the minority government's planning priorities

What the Queen's Speech tells us about the minority government's planning priorities

The absence of planning-based legislative proposals in last month's Queen's Speech has raised questions over the future of a number of anticipated planning reforms which would require primary legislation to enact, but observers believe much of the government's planning programme can progress without the involvement of Parliament.

Policy Summary: New planning guidance on how to treat the historic environment in Wales

Policy Summary: New planning guidance on how to treat the historic environment in Wales

Policy Technical Advice Note (TAN) 24: The Historic Environment (2017).

The key planning issues raised by the Grenfell Tower blaze

The key planning issues raised by the Grenfell Tower blaze

While responsibility for fire safety does not lie with the planning system, planning committee members are nevertheless seeking extra assurances from applicants that tall building proposals are safe following last week's horrific blaze at the Grenfell Tower in west London.

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

With the future of the new government looking so uncertain, it was hard to take this week's Queen's Speech as seriously as usual.


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