The councils that are being sanctioned under the new housing delivery test

The councils that are being sanctioned under the new housing delivery test

One third of local authorities face a sanction under the government's new housing delivery test this year but none face the most severe penalty, according to the test's first ever results, just published.

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Government confirms changes to standard housing need method

Government confirms changes to standard housing need method

The government has confirmed its proposed changes to the standard method of assessing housing need, which allow planners to ignore the latest household growth projections and instead use figures published three years ago, in updates to national planning policy and guidance just published.

Government amends deliverability definition in revised NPPF

Government amends deliverability definition in revised NPPF

The government has revised the definition of "deliverable" sites in the National Planning Policy Framework to make 'clearer that non-major sites with outline consent should be considered deliverable unless there is evidence to the contrary'.

Guildford claims inspector's support for lower local plan housing target

Guildford claims inspector's support for lower local plan housing target

The leader of a Surrey council says an inspector has backed changes to the authority's draft local plan to reduce its annual housing target by more than 10 per cent and remove the allocation of four green belt sites.

London music venue strikes noise protection planning deal with developer

London music venue strikes noise protection planning deal with developer

An east London pub has reached an agreement with the developer of a neighbouring site over potential noise complaints, which it says will secure the future of the premises as a live music venue and could establish "a precedent" for settling such issues in future.


Preferred route revealed for new 17km Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire road

Preferred route revealed for new 17km Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire road

Highways England has unveiled its preferred route for a new 16.9km dual carriageway straddling Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, which the strategic roads body says will support "housing and job growth across the wider region".

Big permissions: Large consents granted since January 1, 2019

Big permissions: Large consents granted since January 1, 2019

Planning's at-a-glance guide to the major housing, retail, industrial, commercial and leisure consents given so far this year.

What Brokenshire's local plan intervention climbdown means for the programme's future

What Brokenshire's local plan intervention climbdown means for the programme's future

The housing secretary's declaration that he will not take over plan production at Wirral and Thanet councils shows that Whitehall lacks enthusiasm for full-blown intervention, say commentators.

Five things you need to know about National Audit Office's planning probe

Five things you need to know about National Audit Office's planning probe

Last week, public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) published a highly critical report into the government's handling of the planning system, concluding that it was "clear the system is not working well". Here are four key findings from the report, plus details on what happens next.

The ruling that could end prior approval consents for phone kiosks

The ruling that could end prior approval consents for phone kiosks

Westminster City Council says it will review recent phone kiosk prior approval consents after winning a landmark ruling on permitted development that experts say will help local authorities refuse such schemes in future.

Seven ways Bridget Rosewell's appeals review could change the planning inquiry process

Seven ways Bridget Rosewell's appeals review could change the planning inquiry process

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published the findings of a review by economist Bridget Rosewell aiming to speed up timescales for planning appeal inquiries. Here are seven key changes that the report calls for.

How we did it: Securing mixed uses on an industrial site

How we did it: Securing mixed uses on an industrial site

The approval of a scheme on industrial land in Brent will herald new homes as well as employment premises, says Colin Marrs.

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