Mayor's affordable housing guidance largely survives High Court challenge

Mayor's affordable housing guidance largely survives High Court challenge

The London mayor's flagship affordable housing policy has largely survived a legal challenge by retirement housing developers after a High Court judge this morning rejected most aspects of their case.

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Final draft of Sunderland local plan removes green belt sites

Final draft of Sunderland local plan removes green belt sites

The final draft of Sunderland City Council's local plan has removed four development sites from the green belt and cut its housing target by three per cent compared to an earlier version.

Government's small sites contributions policy helps justify Hertfordshire green belt homes approval

Government's small sites contributions policy helps justify Hertfordshire green belt homes approval

Plans have been approved for 55 affordable homes on green belt in Hertfordshire, after planners argued that it would offset the impact of government restrictions on councils' ability to secure affordable housing from smaller developments.

Plans submitted for Northampton strategic rail freight interchange

Plans submitted for Northampton strategic rail freight interchange

A development consent order (DCO) application has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for a strategic rail freight interchange with 468,000 square metres of warehousing on land to the south of Northampton.

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The land value capture proposals that are now on the table

The land value capture proposals that are now on the table

National political parties and local government organisations are putting forward ideas on capturing land value uplift generated by planning permissions. Colin Marrs reviews some of the proposals.

Danger of a rush to strategic plans if they replace rather than add to local plans, by Richard Garlick

Danger of a rush to strategic plans if they replace rather than add to local plans, by Richard Garlick

Where more than two or three planners are gathered together, there will usually be positive things said about the benefits of planning across local authority boundaries.

What council mergers mean for planning

What council mergers mean for planning

What could the reorganisations of local government that are currently on the cards in several parts of the country mean for planning, asks Mark Wilding.

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

A bold suggestion to tax property owners near Crossrail 2 stations to pay for the project faces a number of practical challenges before it could be implemented, say experts.

Policy Summary: Involving communities in decision-making that may have an impact on land

Policy Summary: Involving communities in decision-making that may have an impact on land

POLICY: Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land.

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