Homes England awards £55m to councils to unlock sites for 4,000 homes

Homes England awards £55m to councils to unlock sites for 4,000 homes

Twelve local authorities across England have been awarded a total of £55 million by housing agency Homes England to prepare sites for the development of 4,000 homes.

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No call in for West Sussex 600-home and IKEA store plans after seven-month wait

No call in for West Sussex 600-home and IKEA store plans after seven-month wait

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PINS accepts Derby road upgrade scheme for examination

PINS accepts Derby road upgrade scheme for examination

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Sir Elton John in 'planning setback over donkey castle demolition plan'

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How new permitted development rights for shops and takeaways will affect councils' town centre management

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What new viability guidance means for applicants and authorities

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Legal Viewpoint: The exception that proves challenge deadline rule

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