The councils that have to find more housing land because of the delivery test, and those that have to find less

The councils that have to find more housing land because of the delivery test, and those that have to find less

Three times as many local planning authorities will see their housing land supply positions improve as a result of the new housing delivery test compared to those that will see their situation get worse, according to research by Planning and consultancy Savills.

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Brokenshire 'looking seriously' at giving 'greater weight' to neighbourhood plans

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Housing secretary James Brokenshire has said he is looking "seriously and thoughtfully" at how neighbourhood plans can be given "greater weight" in the planning system.

MPs urge halt to PD right changes as part of 'comprehensive review' of town centre policies

MPs urge halt to PD right changes as part of 'comprehensive review' of town centre policies

The government should undertake a "comprehensive review of planning as it pertains to the high street", focusing on speeding up the compulsory purchase system, an updated town centre first policy, a "complete overhaul and rewrite" of use classes, and restricting the use of permitted development rights, a report by a Parliamentary committee has recommended.

NPPF changes: four revisions you need to know about

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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.


Big permissions: Large consents granted since January 1, 2019

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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

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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.

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The ruling that could end prior approval consents for phone kiosks

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