Roberta Blackman-Woods has returned to her role as Labour's shadow planning minister following a reshuffle on the opposition benches.
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.
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).
2018 looks set to see further changes to the planning system after a busy autumn of announcements, says David Dewar.
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.
The 2017 Planning for Housing conference, organised by Planning, was held in London last week. Here are ten things we learned:
- Planner – Significant Projects and Infrastructure Canal & River Trust Birmingham, West Midlands
- Town Planning Director Blayze Group London
- Senior Policy Planner Dartford Borough Council Dartford, Kent
- Head of Planning Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Hinckley, Leicestershire
- King’s Lynn Heritage Action Zone Programme Manager Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk King's Lynn, Norfolk
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.
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.
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.
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.