The councils that are being sanctioned under the 2020 housing delivery test

The councils that are being sanctioned under the 2020 housing delivery test

Some 55 local authorities will this year be subject to the housing delivery test's most severe penalty, the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) presumption in favour of sustainable development, according to the latest test results just published.

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MHCLG softens housing delivery test assessment due to Covid-19 impact

MHCLG softens housing delivery test assessment due to Covid-19 impact

The government's latest housing delivery test (HDT) results have reduced councils' housing requirement figures following a so-called "Covid-19 adjustment" that reflects "temporary disruption caused by the first national lockdown" in March last year.

Housing minister warns councils of intervention risk over local plan delays

Housing minister warns councils of intervention risk over local plan delays

Housing minister Christopher Pincher has said he will “consider” seeking explanations from individual councils on why they have failed to produce local plans in a timely fashion and warned that the government is "committed to using all powers available" to "ensure that progress on plan making is maintained".

Government scraps proposed restriction on local plan green homes standards

Government scraps proposed restriction on local plan green homes standards

The government has formally scrapped a proposed block on councils setting energy efficiency standards for new homes in their local plans at levels higher than existing building regulations.

Council 'eases planning obligations for developer following discovery of Saxon burial ground on site'

Council 'eases planning obligations for developer following discovery of Saxon burial ground on site'

Reports of a council easing planning obligations for a developer facing spiralling scheme costs due to the discovery of a Saxon burial ground and of local opposition to the building of a new Kent lorry park feature in our roundup of today's newspapers.


Read the January edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

Read the January edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

Please click through to read this month's Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook.

Letter: The new standard method has more to do with politics than evidence

Letter: The new standard method has more to do with politics than evidence

The new standard method for measuring housing need is getting a very bad press. Developers, lawyers and planners alike – people who normally disagree about everything – are united in condemning it.

What the government's housing need assessment means for the areas subject to higher requirement levels

What the government's housing need assessment means for the areas subject to higher requirement levels

The vast majority of the 52 local authorities that will have to apply a new 35 per cent uplift to their housing need levels under the revised standard method will be subject to figures far in excess of their recent delivery levels. Meeting such an increased need will be a challenge say observers and risks some areas failing the government's housing delivery test.

The implications of the government's housing need assessment for councils not subject to the new uplift

The implications of the government's housing need assessment for councils not subject to the new uplift

The government's announcement that it will backtrack on plans to radically revise its standard method of assessing housing need means that almost 85 per cent of councils will see their local housing need levels unchanged compared to the existing formula. Commentators say that many English councils have been left with unambitious figures but ministers' change of plan offers them some welcome, though potentially short-lived, stability.

Responses to Planning Law Survey to be completed by 26 January

Responses to Planning Law Survey to be completed by 26 January

Voting forms for Planning’s annual survey of the most well-respected barristers, solicitors and law firms have been sent out to a selected group of developers, planning consultants, local authority planning officers and solicitors.

The biggest planning permissions of the year

The biggest planning permissions of the year

Exclusive list detailing the largest housing, commercial, industrial, retail and leisure schemes granted planning permission in the last twelve months. Includes details of who applied, the local planning authority, date of decisions and the law firms and consultants who acted as professional advisers to either applicant or authority

The biggest planning enforcement penalties of the year

The biggest planning enforcement penalties of the year

As with so much else, Covid-19 has had a major impact on planning enforcement in 2020, with only a handful of cases making it through the courts. However, commentators say that, at local level, planning enforcement complaints have rocketed.

Ten key practice points for planners arising from court judgments handed down this year

Ten key practice points for planners arising from court judgments handed down this year

The 2020 court rulings you most need to know about

The ten 2020 appeal decisions that you most need to know about

The ten 2020 appeal decisions that you most need to know about

Read through for summaries of the ten appeal and call-in decisions from 2020 most frequently downloaded by COMPASS Online subscribers between 1 January and 30 November.

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