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Breaking: Housing minister Stuart Andrew quits over PM's leadership

Housing and planning minister Stuart Andrew has today resigned from his post after labelling the series of scandals surrounding Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “indefensible” and saying the country "deserves better".

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Planning minister says ‘too much attention is paid to housing numbers’

The housing and planning minister has said that “too much attention is paid” to housing numbers and urged people to “look beyond the numbers” in one of his final speeches before resigning today.

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Over a third of English councils still lack support for elderly housing in local plans, finds study

The number of English councils with detailed policies and site allocations in their local plans to support older people's housing has increased significantly over the past two years, though over a third of authorities still fail to include any, according to new research.

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Gove confirms primacy of bill's national development management policies over local plans

Housing secretary Michael Gove has confirmed that the government's proposed new national development management policies document "would have precedence in the event of conflict" with a local plan, but said he expects "such conflicts to be limited in future".

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‘Environment secretary backs Cumbria coal mine plan'

A report that environment secretary George Eustice has backed controversial plans for a new coal mine leads our roundup of today’s news.


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The councils that determined the fewest applications within government time limits in 2020/21 and 2021/22

Eighteen authorities are sitting below the government’s ‘special measures’ threshold for speed of decision making on applications in the two years to March 2022, two more than in the previous quarter.

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Inspectors back 2,200-home garden village plan but block ‘unjustified’ net zero development policy

Planning inspectors have backed the adoption of an area action plan (AAP) to support the delivery of a 2,200-home garden village in Oxfordshire, but have called for a policy on "net-zero carbon development" to be rewritten as it was not "consistent with national policy or justified".

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Residents in North Norfolk village use neighbourhood plan to stem rise in second home ownership

Residents in the parish of Heacham in North Norfolk have included a clause to their neighbourhood plan requiring all new housing to be sold as principal residences, to stem an increase in second and holiday home ownership.

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Room 106, ep17: The council that withdrew a sound local plan, Gove backtracks on the NPPF revision timeline PLUS the guidance on limiting water pollution that is blocking housing permissions explained

Listen as the Planning team explores the most important news of the past fortnight and takes a deep dive into the official guidance on limiting water pollution from development, which so far is claimed to have blocked 100,000 homes from going forward

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

Our latest quarterly print edition includes our survey of the highest-rated barristers, most-admired solicitors and the biggest law firms. It takes an in-depth look at how councils and developers can respond to official water pollution advice said to be blocking 100,000 homes, and provides the regular round-up of recent development activity and what to expect in the coming months

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The councils with the highest and lowest application approval rates in 2021/22

Local authorities in the Greater South East accounted for 22 of the 23 councils with the lowest planning application approval rates in 2021/22, while only one London authority is among the 100 councils with the highest approval rates, according to the latest government figures.

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