Gove 'pauses and promises to review government planning changes'

Gove 'pauses and promises to review government planning changes'

New housing secretary Michael Gove has "paused" the government’s long-awaited shake-up of the planning system and pledged to conduct a review into how the proposals can be improved, according to newspaper reports, which say he intends to consult with Tory backbenchers.

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Former Policy Exchange director lands MHCLG ministerial post

Former Policy Exchange director lands MHCLG ministerial post

Neil O’Brien MP, a former director of the Policy Exchange think tank who describes "reforming" the planning system as one of his priorities, has been appointed to a new junior ministerial post at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

'Planning system fails to integrate government climate change commitments,' says Lord Deben

'Planning system fails to integrate government climate change commitments,' says Lord Deben

Climate Change Committee (CCC) chair Lord Deben has told MPs that the planning system fails to integrate the government’s commitments to fighting climate change, while local authorities lack Whitehall support in their efforts to reach net zero.

Council's draft local plan proposes deallocating 8% of its green belt

Council's draft local plan proposes deallocating 8% of its green belt

A Hertfordshire council has published a new draft of its local plan that proposes the deallocation of eight per cent of the borough's green belt land, some of which would be used for a new settlement of up to 6,000 homes.

‘Gove facing calls to return £100,000 in property developer donations’

‘Gove facing calls to return £100,000 in property developer donations’

A report that Michael Gove is facing pressure to return donations from a property developer over a potential “conflict of interest” with his new role as housing secretary leads our round-up of today’s news.


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The implications for planners of a new government-commissioned report on self build housing

The implications for planners of a new government-commissioned report on self build housing

A government-commissioned report's recommendations on changing the planning system to boost self build housing - including the introduction of local authority plot targets - are likely to be positively received by ministers, say observers. But some are concerned about the implications for councils of having to hit any new quotas and of additional duties.

Why the risk of councils issuing planning decisions by mistake may be increasing

Why the risk of councils issuing planning decisions by mistake may be increasing

Recent examples of planning decision blunders by councils should serve as a warning over moves to digitise the planning system, say practitioners, who highlight the difficulty and cost of overturning such administrative errors. Many also believe that the risk of mistakes has become greater due to local authority planning teams becoming increasingly over-stretched.

The most frequent, and successful, housing appellants

The most frequent, and successful, housing appellants

Our exclusive research reveals the firms that saw the most appeals against refusals of schemes for five homes or more determined in 2018-21. PLUS The most successful appellants, and the authorities with the best and worst records at appeal.

The councils with the worst records for defending housing appeals

The councils with the worst records for defending housing appeals

Our list of the least successful local authorities at defending appeals against the refusal of schemes of five homes or more between 2018 and 2021.

The councils with the best records for defending housing appeals

The councils with the best records for defending housing appeals

Our list of the most successful local authorities at defending appeals against refusals of schemes for five homes or more between 2018 and 2021.

Ten key things that happened this week

Ten key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that Michael Gove has replaced Robert Jenrick as housing secretary in the cabinet reshuffle.

What Michael Gove’s appointment as housing secretary could mean for planning

What Michael Gove’s appointment as housing secretary could mean for planning

The new housing secretary is a Whitehall heavyweight and a former shadow minister for housing who has previously expressed support for more greenfield development, is "passionate" about the beauty agenda and is “good at making change happen”, according to commentators.

Read the autumn quarterly edition of Planning page-by-page online

Read the autumn quarterly edition of Planning page-by-page online

Our fifth print quarterly edition covers the hardest developers to refuse, fresh opportunities to build discounted homes on unallocated sites and how the new National Planning Policy Framework changes the system

Pincher still housing minister; new MHCLG minister appointed

Pincher still housing minister; new MHCLG minister appointed

Christopher Pincher remains in the housing and planning minister role, while a new minister has been appointed to the housing ministry.

Reaction: Gove becomes housing secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Reaction: Gove becomes housing secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Michael Gove has been appointed as housing and communities secretary by Number 10 to replace Robert Jenrick in the cabinet reshuffle. Below we round up key sector responses.

New housing secretary appointed

New housing secretary appointed

A new housing and communities secretary has just been appointed by Number 10 to replace Robert Jenrick in the ongoing cabinet reshuffle.

Legal Viewpoint: Why Stonehenge road decision was based on poor foundations

Legal Viewpoint: Why Stonehenge road decision was based on poor foundations

The government plainly needs to up its game. The three most recent decisions of its secretaries of state to approve development consent orders (DCOs) for nationally significant infrastructure projects against examiners’ recommendations have all been quashed: the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm, Manston Airport and now the A303 trunk road improvement in Wiltshire.

Freeports provide an fresh opportunity for planners to make a difference, by Graeme Bell

Freeports provide an fresh opportunity for planners to make a difference, by Graeme Bell

With eight new freeports set to come forward in England, the potential to boost regional economies – and level up more deprived parts of the country – is there. Planners must be on hand to ensure the effects are reaped by the many.

Local Plan Watch: Council mulls allocating 12,500 homes on greenfield sites in updated plan

Local Plan Watch: Council mulls allocating 12,500 homes on greenfield sites in updated plan

A local authority in Hampshire is considering proposals to build 12,500 homes on three large greenfield sites in its updated local plan, to help meet a higher housing target.

The policy and legislation changes to expect this autumn

The policy and legislation changes to expect this autumn

New housing secretary Michael Gove and his reshuffled ministerial colleagues have bulging in-trays, with the government’s response to the planning white paper, royal assent to the Environment Bill and an update on the infrastructure planning review are all expected soon.

Seven court rulings to look out for this autumn

Seven court rulings to look out for this autumn

Important cases due to be heard by the courts between now and November, including headline summaries of the issues in dispute

Further updated: 16 key changes to national planning policy in the revised NPPF

Further updated: 16 key changes to national planning policy in the revised NPPF

Strengthened requirements on design quality and the use of trees in new developments, as well as revised policies on plan-making, removing statues and opting out of permitted development (PD) rights are among the alterations in the revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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