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Budget 2017: Hammond announces extra £2.7bn for Housing Infrastructure Fund

Budget 2017: Hammond announces extra £2.7bn for Housing Infrastructure Fund

The government has committed to doubling the size of a key housing fund, intended to deliver infrastructure to ease the construction of new homes, to £5 billion.

Budget 2017: live

Budget 2017: live

Planning has been collating all the news and reaction on the key planning-related announcements in chancellor Philip Hammond's 2017 Budget.

Government wants 300,000 homes a year built, says chancellor

Government wants 300,000 homes a year built, says chancellor

The government wants to see annual housing delivery raised to 300,000 homes a year and will intervene to make sure residential planning permissions are built out, chancellor Philip Hammond has said ahead of this week's Budget statement.

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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:

Policy Summary: Scottish government outlines proposed planning changes for 2017-18

Policy Summary: Scottish government outlines proposed planning changes for 2017-18

Policy: A Nation With Ambition: The Government's Programme For Scotland, 2017-18.

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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.

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.


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