Inspector finds plans for three Essex garden communities 'unsound'

Inspector finds plans for three Essex garden communities 'unsound'

Proposals for three new garden communities in Essex have been found 'unsound' by a planning inspector who concluded that key aspects of the delivery plan for the schemes required 'significant' further work.

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First National Infrastructure Assessment to be published next month

First National Infrastructure Assessment to be published next month

The government's infrastructure adviser is set to publish the final version of its first long-term infrastructure assessment next month.

Homes England housing starts and completions rise, figures show

Homes England housing starts and completions rise, figures show

Housing starts delivered by the government's homes agency have risen to their highest level for eight years while the number of completions are at their greatest for three years, new figures show.

CIL should be replaced with property sales levy, says report

CIL should be replaced with property sales levy, says report

The community infrastructure levy (CIL) should be replaced with a property sales levy, a report by a business association has recommended.

How the draft NPPF revisions would change the system: the Planning briefing

How the draft NPPF revisions would change the system: the Planning briefing

Consultation on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) concluded in May. Below we summarise the main changes proposed by the document, and the responses to those proposed changes from key sector organisations.


How a European court ruling that stiffens wildlife safeguards could delay plan-making

How a European court ruling that stiffens wildlife safeguards could delay plan-making

A recent landmark European court ruling on protected wildlife zones could slow local plan-making and further restrict housing supply around these areas, say practitioners.

Why a city council is bringing an outsourced service in-house

Why a city council is bringing an outsourced service in-house

Salford City Council's announcement of plans to end a joint venture providing its development management services highlights uncertainties surrounding local authority outsourcing arrangements, say observers.

Why removal of a funding cap could spark a new generation of development corporations

Why removal of a funding cap could spark a new generation of development corporations

Changes to the regulations allowing locally led new town development corporations should incentivise more authorities to pursue the new powers, say experts, as four Essex councils announce that they are set to create the first such body.

How we did it: Tackling health inequality via planning

How we did it: Tackling health inequality via planning

South Worcestershire Councils has responded to the call to improve public health, says Adam Branson.

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