The opportunities and threats presented by the housing delivery test results

The opportunities and threats presented by the housing delivery test results

The long-awaited results of the new test for local authorities on housing delivery poses significant challenges for some areas, while promising an easier future for others.

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Revised Planning Practice Guidance: five changes you need to know

Revised Planning Practice Guidance: five changes you need to know

Revised Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) on assessing housing and economic need was published by the government earlier this week. Here are five key changes you need to know.

How Rosewell's proposals would affect inquiry participants

How Rosewell's proposals would affect inquiry participants

Changes to the planning inquiry process proposed by the government-backed Rosewell review could save participants a lot of time, say consultants. But the Planning Inspectorate needs more resources to implement the recommendations, says the RTPI.

What's new in the government's latest unauthorised traveller sites proposals

What's new in the government's latest unauthorised traveller sites proposals

Earlier this month, the government set out its ideas for helping planning authorities to stop unauthorised Gypsy and traveller sites.

Five things we learned from the government's design conference

Five things we learned from the government's design conference

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) held its 'Better Design for Better Places' conference in Birmingham last week. Here are five key things we learnt from the event.


NPPF changes: four revisions you need to know about

NPPF changes: four revisions you need to know about

The government yesterday confirmed its proposed revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which were first announced in a consultation last October. Here are the four changes to the document that you need to know about.

How we did it: Designing out crime in estate revamp

How we did it: Designing out crime in estate revamp

Crime has plummeted on a London housing estate after security features were agreed in the design process, says Colin Marrs.

Legal Viewpoint: Why developers should take care before starting on site

Legal Viewpoint: Why developers should take care before starting on site

Once planning permission has been granted, it is not uncommon for developers to contemplate a start on site even though they have not obtained approvals under conditions that need to be discharged prior to commencement. Case law has established that development in breach of "true" pre-commencement conditions is unlawful.

Local Plan Watch: Three key findings on local plans from the National Audit Office's planning report

Local Plan Watch: Three key findings on local plans from the National Audit Office's planning report

Earlier this month, public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) published its wide-ranging review of how well the planning system is supporting the delivery of new homes. Here are three key findings on local plans.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that 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.

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