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Watchdog calls for greater transparency over government's homes target timescale

Watchdog calls for greater transparency over government's homes target timescale

The government should be more transparent about the timescale for its target for the delivery one million new homes by 2020, a report by public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

Report urges rethink on back garden development

Report urges rethink on back garden development

Planning policy should be rewritten to make it easier for small builders to develop homes on back gardens, according to a report by a housebuilding body.

Sheffield city-region mayoral election postponed

Sheffield city-region mayoral election postponed

The planned election in May of a mayor with strategic planning powers for the Sheffield city-region is to be postponed following a legal ruling handed down before Christmas.

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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.

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.

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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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