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Housing associations call for regional housing target for the North

Housing associations call for regional housing target for the North

The government should adopt regional housing targets, including one for the delivery of half a million homes over 10 years for the North of England, an alliance of housing associations has recommended.

Report calls for inclusion of 'station intensification areas' in new London Plan

Report calls for inclusion of 'station intensification areas' in new London Plan

The next version of the London Plan should include new 'station intensification areas' with higher minimum density and design standards than typically required, a report by a think-tank has recommended.

Small housebuilders cite lack of land as key obstacle to new homes

Small housebuilders cite lack of land as key obstacle to new homes

A lack of 'available, viable land' has been cited as the biggest constraint on the ability of small housebuilders to deliver new homes, a survey has revealed.

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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.

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.

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What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

Alok Sharma may be a largely unknown quantity in planning circles, but some clues can be gleaned from his past record as to how he will approach the role of housing and planning minister.

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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.

Minority government must not allow backbenchers to impose planning paralysis, by Richard Garlick

Minority government must not allow backbenchers to impose planning paralysis, by Richard Garlick

In purely practical terms, the hung Parliament is likely to make planning issues even more intractable.

There is a dearth of commitment in the manifestos to fund affordable housing, by Richard Garlick

There is a dearth of commitment in the manifestos to fund affordable housing, by Richard Garlick

Almost two-thirds of English local authorities say that the need for affordable housing in their areas is "severe", according to research published last week by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), a local government network, and conducted by campaign group the Town and Country Planning Association.


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