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.
EXCLUSIVE The government has indicated for the first time that it could use sanctions to spur local planning authorities to prepare brownfield land registers.1 comment
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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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.
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.
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.
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for a standard formula to calculate housing need figures for neighbourhood plan areas where a district's local plan is out-of-date may reduce disagreements, but warn of unintended consequences.
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.
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.2 comments
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