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Industrial strategy should require sub-regional spatial planning, says government-backed report

Industrial strategy should require sub-regional spatial planning, says government-backed report

The government's industrial strategy should require all parts of the country to prepare sub-regional spatial plans and allow constrained urban areas to expand their boundaries, according to a new report endorsed by business secretary Greg Clark.

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Road building 'creates car-dependent communities'

Road building 'creates car-dependent communities'

Road building leads to a 'pattern of land development' that relies on people using cars to access housing and car-dependent business and retail parks, a report has concluded.

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London should build 'up, out and differently' to meet housing need, says report

London should build 'up, out and differently' to meet housing need, says report

London could meet its rising housing need through a combination of taller buildings, increased density, the use of green belt land and use of new construction innovation, a report has concluded.

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Interview: Gavin Barwell, minister for housing and planning

Interview: Gavin Barwell, minister for housing and planning

The minister on why he won't immediately be intervening to write local plans, still intends to introduce a permitted development right for offices to be demolished to make way for homes and the delayed decision on the Bradford core strategy.

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How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

Autumn Statement announcements make clear that, instead of repairing existing road, ministers are focused on using roads funding to pump prime other types of development.

How the government is moving away from home ownership preoccupation

How the government is moving away from home ownership preoccupation

Key announcements in the government's Autumn Statement mark a welcome shift towards support for a wider mix of low-cost home models, practitioners have said.

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Answers are required if ministers are to achieve 200,000 Starter Homes target, by Bryan Johnston

Answers are required if ministers are to achieve 200,000 Starter Homes target, by Bryan Johnston

Any lingering doubts about the current Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) leadership's commitment to the Starter Homes initiative have surely been dispelled by this week's announcement of the first 30 partnerships between councils and the Homes and Communities Agency to spearhead the scheme.

Planning for globalisation in the Brexit era, by David Marlow

Planning for globalisation in the Brexit era, by David Marlow

How will globalisation affect local planners in the Trump and Brexit era? On the one hand, there have been suggestions that we will see lower economic growth and reduced demand for housing if government seeks to restrict immigration numbers.

Chancellor's cautious but positive statement, by Richard Garlick

Chancellor's cautious but positive statement, by Richard Garlick

Contrary to some expectations, there was no housing white paper published as part of the Autumn Statement.

New leaders must be ready to flex, by Catriona Riddell

New leaders must be ready to flex, by Catriona Riddell

There is a wind of change filling the corridors of Department for Communities and Local Government.


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