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Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Observers have attributed a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

Observers attribute a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

Oxfordshire homes approved as consistent with sustainable community aims

Oxfordshire homes approved as consistent with sustainable community aims

Plans for a care village and housing estate on the edge of Burford, Oxfordshire, have been allowed on appeal to help meet the area's housing supply shortfall.

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How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

Local consultation and cooperation has brought a 416 home development to fruition in the South Downs. David Dewar reports.

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.

2016: The year in headlines

2016: The year in headlines

The biggest planning stories to make the news over the past year are remembered by John Geoghegan.

What the removal of a block on Birmingham's local plan means for plan-makers

What the removal of a block on Birmingham's local plan means for plan-makers

The six-month holding direction on Birmingham's local plan has delayed planning and development proposals in the city region, but other authorities should not be deterred from reviewing their green belt boundaries, experts say.


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Legal Viewpoint: Why councils may have to flesh out reasons for consent

The Court of Appeal's judgment in a recent case from Kent raises crucial questions on local planning authorities' duty to give reasons for granting planning permission.

Blame for bad design can't be pinned on planners, by Chris Brown

There will be a couple of developers - namely Genr8 and Berkeley - breathing small sighs of relief at the moment, having narrowly dodged the bullet of winning the Carbuncle Cup.

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May should stick with elected mayors, by Richard Garlick

Former chancellor George Osborne championed devolution of power from Whitehall to England's cities.

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We need a green belt fit for the future, by Merrick Denton-Thompson

Only a small proportion of the UK's green belt has been lost to development. However, the public think otherwise. As a consequence, our politicians respond by continually pledging undying loyalty to the green belt in order to shore up their green credentials.

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