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Housing land deliverability challenge fails

Plans for up to 175 houses, including 44 affordable homes, in the countryside outside the settlement boundary of a large village in Yorkshire were rejected after an inspector found no need to deviate from an adopted local plan.

Neighbourhood Watch: Poll cements county's hotspot status

Neighbourhood Watch: Poll cements county's hotspot status

Herefordshire's status as a neighbourhood planning hotspot has been further underlined by residents' approval of a neighbourhood plan for the rural parish of Eaton Bishop.

Council rejects Gladman's plans for 365 Hampshire homes

Council rejects Gladman's plans for 365 Hampshire homes

A Hampshire council has refused planning permission for a development involving up to 365 new homes, in line with a recommendation from planners, on the grounds that it was contrary to the area's local plan.

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How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

A Yorkshire council's local plan has won plaudits for its focus on raising build rates on home allocations. David Dewar reports.

How national air quality strategy will affect local planning

How national air quality strategy will affect local planning

Council planners will come under pressure to take more notice of air quality considerations under the government's action plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide emissions, experts predict.

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.

Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Warrington Borough Council's local plan review consultation is the latest to propose large-scale releases from the green belt in order to meet development needs.


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Are we at a turning point for population growth in the UK, by David Marlow

Only time will tell if the publication this month of Office for National Statistics 2016 mid-year UK population estimates (MYEs) will be a turning point in recent trends in population growth.

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

With the future of the new government looking so uncertain, it was hard to take this week's Queen's Speech as seriously as usual.

Bursting the neoliberal planning myths, by Chris Brown

I've been struck by how planning and housing have been pushed into the background of the latter stages of the general election by debates around Brexit, austerity and security.

Legal viewpoint: Common sense triumphs in housing supply judgment

The Supreme Court's first judgment on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has rejected a broad approach to the meaning of paragraph 49, which states that "relevant policies for the supply of housing" should not be considered up to date where a council cannot show a five-year supply.

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