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Blackman-Woods returns to shadow planning minister role

Blackman-Woods returns to shadow planning minister role

Roberta Blackman-Woods has returned to her role as Labour's shadow planning minister following a reshuffle on the opposition benches.

Armitt confirmed as permanent chair of National Infrastructure Commission

Armitt confirmed as permanent chair of National Infrastructure Commission

Sir John Armitt CBE has been announced as the new permanent chairman of the government's infrastructure advisory body, replacing Lord Adonis who resigned last month.

Framework review is crying out for resolution, by Bryan Johnston

Framework review is crying out for resolution, by Bryan Johnston

Easter falls early this year, which will be some small consolation to those in the sector eagerly awaiting the updated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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2018 policy and legislation preview

2018 policy and legislation preview

2018 looks set to see further changes to the planning system after a busy autumn of announcements, says David Dewar.

Policy Briefing: How statements of common ground could affect councils and developers

Policy Briefing: How statements of common ground could affect councils and developers

Local authorities' duty to co-operate on issues such as housing need is likely to be transformed into a duty to agree, says Stuart Mills.

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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Short-term political embarrassment must not blind ministers to the NIC's value, by Richard Garlick

Short-term political embarrassment must not blind ministers to the NIC's value, by Richard Garlick

A tumultuous post-Christmas period for the government departments leading on planning policy-making and their advisers began with the acrimonious resignation after Christmas of Lord Adonis, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission.

Doubts remain about whether the Tories have the resolve to drive up delivery, by Richard Garlick

Doubts remain about whether the Tories have the resolve to drive up delivery, by Richard Garlick

This week in Manchester, the Conservative Party talked a good game about tackling the housing crisis. For those in attendance at the party's annual conference, there was little doubt that the Tories are sincere in their wish to boost the overall supply of housing, not least because it is becoming a critical issue on the doorstep.

Retention of unspent CIL receipts is not in itself a sign of a problem, by Richard Garlick

Retention of unspent CIL receipts is not in itself a sign of a problem, by Richard Garlick

The future of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which requires developers to contribute to infrastructure needed to support development across the planning authorities in which they build, is in doubt.

The cash for homes policy that never was, by Shane Brownie

The cash for homes policy that never was, by Shane Brownie

Back in 2014, when Alex Morton was leading on housing policy in Downing Street, the former coalition government announced plans for a £3.5 million project to pilot 'development benefits' - financial payments to households with the aim of reducing opposition to new homes.


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