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Budget 2017: New town development corporations to kick-start five garden towns

Budget 2017: New town development corporations to kick-start five garden towns

The government will use new town development corporations to bring forward five new garden towns in areas of 'demand pressure' and will support more 'strategic and zonal planning approaches' in the South East, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

Government considers brownfield register sanctions

Government considers brownfield register sanctions

EXCLUSIVE The government has indicated for the first time that it could use sanctions to spur local planning authorities to prepare brownfield land registers.

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Three messages for ministers on standard method proposals

Three messages for ministers on standard method proposals

Responses to the government's proposed standard approach to assessing local housing need have welcomed the proposal as enabling a speedier process of plan preparation, but there are concerns that it fails to take account of aspirations for economic growth in parts of the country.

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What the London mayor's new housing targets mean for planners

What the London mayor's new housing targets mean for planners

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan's decision to ask outer London boroughs to plan for a much greater share of the capital's housing growth has prompted concerns in some town halls.

Is it about to get harder for local planning authorities to plan for more housing growth?

Is it about to get harder for local planning authorities to plan for more housing growth?

Observers are concerned that in some areas the combination of falling population projections and the outputs of the government's proposals standard formula for assessing housing need could assist those authorities that want to reduce their housing targets.

Why one in three councils face the loss of their five year housing land supply

Why one in three councils face the loss of their five year housing land supply

The government's proposed new method of calculating housing need could see almost one in three local planning authorities lose their five-year land supply positions, say Jonathan Dixon and Emily Williams.

How simplified housing need proposal will affect parish planners

How simplified housing need proposal will affect parish planners

Commentators say that proposals for a standard formula to calculate housing need figures for neighbourhood plan areas where a district's local plan is out-of-date may reduce disagreements, but warn of unintended consequences.


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Maps: core strategy progress data

Maps: core strategy progress data

Use our new interactive map to view English councils' progress in adopting local plans and view a spreadsheet containing the latest data on local plan coverage from the Planning Inspectorate.

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Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Use our new interactive map to view how many applications for neighbourhood planning powers have been received by English councils and the names of the groups that have submitted them.

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'Duty to agree' will be the last straw for some councils, by Catriona Riddell

Since the government's latest consultation on measures to boost housing supply in England, Planning for the right homes in the right places, there has been a lot of debate about the proposed new methodology for assessing housing need.

Some councils may see merit in putting their tanks on neighbours' lawns, by Richard Garlick

For a council to propose meeting part of its housing need by siting a 10,000 home urban extension in an unwilling neighbour's green belt is an unusually confrontational step.

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Development corporations do work, by Graeme Bell

Fifty years ago I started my first job in planning. I left London in the swinging sixties and headed back to my native North East to see if I would enjoy working at a particular coalface, then called town and country planning.

Europe is learning from past failures, Cliff Hague

What can we learn from a generation of work on spatial and urban development policy in Europe, and what might the future hold?