What new affordability data means for councils' housing need levels

What new affordability data means for councils' housing need levels

The latest government data indicating slightly improved housing affordability means that local housing need levels will drop for almost half of English councils, with more authorities in the North and Midlands experiencing increases compared to London and the South, according to analysis by experts.

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Westminster gives green light for 781-home estate regeneration

Westminster gives green light for 781-home estate regeneration

Westminster City Council has approved its own application to redevelop the 1930s Ebury Bridge Estate to provide 781 new homes, after officers advised that the scheme's benefits, including doubling the estate's capacity, 53 per cent affordability and reducing carbon emissions, outweighed any harm to nearby heritage assets and daylight levels.

Housebuilders submit plan for 1,500-home urban extension on Herts greenfield site

Housebuilders submit plan for 1,500-home urban extension on Herts greenfield site

Two housebuilders have submitted an application for a 1,500-home urban extension on greenfield land to the west of Stevenage.

The councils that issued the most enforcement notices in 2020 - and those that issued none

The councils that issued the most enforcement notices in 2020 - and those that issued none

A west London council has topped the table for the number of planning enforcement notices served in 2020, while the number of authorities that issued none at all over the year has risen to 59, almost one in five.

Fleet Street redevelopment plans 'would desecrate St Paul’s view'

Fleet Street redevelopment plans 'would desecrate St Paul’s view'

Strong heritage sector reaction to a planned City of London redevelopment that they claim would impact on views of St Paul’s Cathedral leads our roundup of the latest news.


Shortlist announced for 2021 Planning Awards

Shortlist announced for 2021 Planning Awards

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Planning Awards, which recognise outstanding work by councils, consultants, developers, lawyers, voluntary groups and other important players in the UK planning system

Request for local authority input into our survey of planning department resources

Request for local authority input into our survey of planning department resources

Planning magazine, in partnership with the Planning Officers Society and the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT), is carrying out a survey seeking views on local planning authority resourcing levels.

How changes to the government's new commercial-to-residential permitted development right are likely to affect its impact

How changes to the government's new commercial-to-residential permitted development right are likely to affect its impact

The government has introduced a number of restrictions to the final version of its controversial new commercial-to-residential permitted development right, including a size limit. While local authorities question whether the concessions would significantly reduce the potential harms caused by the new right, some consultants and lawyers suggest the changes could curtail developer interest.

The implications of the government's plan to introduce discounted homes for first-time buyers via unallocated sites

The implications of the government's plan to introduce discounted homes for first-time buyers via unallocated sites

The government has announced its intention to introduce a new form of affordable housing for first-time buyers via exception sites that are not allocated by councils in local plans. Commentators warn that the new policy could raise challenges for local authorities and may impact on provision of other forms of affordable housing on such sites, but there are mixed views about the likely level of developer interest.

How planning is frustrating the drive to quadruple offshore wind power capacity by 2030, by Angus Walker

How planning is frustrating the drive to quadruple offshore wind power capacity by 2030, by Angus Walker

Years of delays to major offshore wind projects suggest that the planning system is not playing its part in achieving the government's aim of quadrupling capacity by 2030.

Neighbourhood Watch: Locality urges continued use of offline consultation methods

Neighbourhood Watch: Locality urges continued use of offline consultation methods

Neighbourhood planning groups and other community organisations should ensure they use a mix of online and offline methods when conducting consultation exercises, according to guidance from Locality.

Britain's best planning lawyers and biggest planning law firms

Britain's best planning lawyers and biggest planning law firms

This year’s Planning Law Survey features new names at the top of the lists of the most admired QCs, the top-rated planning junior barristers and highest-regarded juniors under the age of 35.

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