Gateshead Council discovers 'fake letters' sent in support of housing scheme

Gateshead Council discovers 'fake letters' sent in support of housing scheme

A council in the North East has said it has identified a series of false letters purporting to be written by residents in support of a 144-home application.

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Government pledges £20m cash boost for New Homes Bonus scheme

Government pledges £20m cash boost for New Homes Bonus scheme

The government has announced it will increase funding for the New Homes Bonus scheme by £20 million and maintain the same qualifying threshold for the programme.

Supermarket fails in High Court bid to block 221-home Brentford scheme

Supermarket fails in High Court bid to block 221-home Brentford scheme

Plans for a mixed-use development in west London, including a new superstore and 221 flats, have been given the green light by a High Court judge, after a rival supermarket unsuccessfully tried to halt the scheme.

Homes England announces scaled-back housing plan for protected Medway site

Homes England announces scaled-back housing plan for protected Medway site

Medway Council has criticised the government's housing agency over its decision to slash the number of homes being proposed at the Lodge Hill site on the Hoo Peninsula from 2,000 to just 500.

The big permissions in 2018

The big permissions in 2018

From a 4,000-home scheme at a former Parcelforce depot to the "New Monaco" urban village in the centre of Birmingham and a new stadium for Aberdeen FC, here is our at-a-glance guide to major resolutions to grant, appeal and secretary of state consents given this year.


The highest enforcement penalties in 2018

The highest enforcement penalties in 2018

Big financial penalties for breaches of planning rules for the past 12 months, including details of the offences.

2018: The year in headlines

2018: The year in headlines

The most memorable news stories of the past 12 months, summarised by Richard Garlick.

Five key messages from court judgments in 2018

Five key messages from court judgments in 2018

UK and European court judgments this year offer some important messages on the application of policy and legal precedents for plan-making and development management. Here are five key rulings from 2018.

The top ten minor development appeal decisions in 2018

The top ten minor development appeal decisions in 2018

Several small-scale appeal decisions have attracted widespread attention among subscribers to DCS Ltd's COMPASS online appeals database this year. Here are the ten most frequently downloaded minor and householder development cases in 2018.

Why an Essex council is now facing local plan intervention

Why an Essex council is now facing local plan intervention

An Essex council whose local plan production timescale is undergoing Whitehall scrutiny is now likely to miss its key development strategy deadlines following a vote against the document. But observers say immediate central government intervention is not certain.

What the government's biodiversity proposals could mean for planning

What the government's biodiversity proposals could mean for planning

New proposals requiring developers to leave habitats in a better condition after their scheme is built have prompted some conservation groups to claim they could allow developers to pay to "destroy nature". However, commentators say such fears are misplaced.

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