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Research finds 'considerable variation' in use of national park development test

Research finds 'considerable variation' in use of national park development test

A varying approach to a national policy intended to restrict 'major development' in national parks has led to a number of recent major developments being granted permission that threaten the protected areas' beauty, according to a report published today.

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.

Government review finds 'clear case' for future of HCA

Government review finds 'clear case' for future of HCA

A government review of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has found a 'clear case for the continuing existence' of the housing and regeneration quango, but has suggested that a new 'statement of purpose' could shift its focus.

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How the government aims to boost housing with infrastructure

How the government aims to boost housing with infrastructure

Local authorities will be invited to bid for funding from the £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund announced yesterday via a prospectus to be published in the New Year, housing minister Gavin Barwell has told Planning.

Five things to look out for in the housing white paper

Five things to look out for in the housing white paper

Measures to increase build-out rates and allow planning departments to recoup more funds from fee income are expected to be among the main themes in the first planning-related white paper for almost a decade.

Policy Summary: Government promises to expand chief planner role following Lords report

Policy Summary: Government promises to expand chief planner role following Lords report

Policy: Government Response to the Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Built Environment.

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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.

Councils can't cheerlead for off-site construction, by Joey Gardiner

Councils can't cheerlead for off-site construction, by Joey Gardiner

The government-commissioned report into UK construction, Modernise or Die, published last month, painted a picture of an industry caught in a spiral of poor practices that risk sending it into terminal decline.


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