Gove ‘welcomes’ idea of maintaining residents' say over individual planning applications

Gove ‘welcomes’ idea of maintaining residents' say over individual planning applications

The housing secretary Michael Gove told the House of Commons yesterday that he “welcomed” the idea of maintaining residents' ability to comment on and influence individual planning applications, signalling a change of approach from a key proposal in the planning white paper.

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Council pauses draft plan work to seek ‘clarification’ over PM’s ‘no greenfield homes’ comments

Council pauses draft plan work to seek ‘clarification’ over PM’s ‘no greenfield homes’ comments

A council is set to “pause” its controversial emerging local plan while it asks the government for “clarification” on whether the Prime Minister’s recent comments against the building of homes on green fields indicated a change of policy and its "enormous" housing target would be cut.

Landlord couple ordered to pay £290K for HMO planning breach

Landlord couple ordered to pay £290K for HMO planning breach

A landlord couple have been ordered to pay more than £290,000 after they failed to comply with a council’s planning enforcement notice ordering them to stop using their property as an unlawful house in multiple occupation (HMO).

Plans submitted for 1,610-home scheme on east London industrial estate

Plans submitted for 1,610-home scheme on east London industrial estate

Developer Ballymore has submitted hybrid plans for a 1,610-home mixed-used development on an industrial estate in east London.

'Developer threatens to scrap housing scheme unless council drops CIL charge'

'Developer threatens to scrap housing scheme unless council drops CIL charge'

News that a developer has threatened to stop work on a major housing scheme unless the local authority withdraws its £250,000 community infrastructure levy (CIL) charge and on the unveiling of plans for a huge renewable energy scheme feature in today’s roundup.


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Chancellor readies £1.8bn boost for brownfield development and £65m for digital planning system

Chancellor readies £1.8bn boost for brownfield development and £65m for digital planning system

The chancellor is expected to announce close to £2bn of funding to unlock the delivery of 160,000 homes on brownfield land across England, alongside £65 million of investment "to support the digital transformation of the planning system", according to a Treasury briefing issued ahead of Wednesday's Budget and spending review.

Government reveals 13 councils to pilot new ‘innovative’ digital planning tools

Government reveals 13 councils to pilot new ‘innovative’ digital planning tools

Thirteen councils across England have been allocated a share of over £1 million of government funding to take forward new “innovative digital tools” to improve public access to the planning system, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has announced.

High Court quashes permission for 4,000-home urban extension in Kent

High Court quashes permission for 4,000-home urban extension in Kent

A council has agreed to quash its permission for a 4,000-home 'garden city' to the south of Canterbury in Kent after the High Court came down on the side of objectors who argued that the decision conflicted with the local plan and would have negative environmental impacts.

'Rogue landlord' handed £275,000 penalty by court for renting out unauthorised outbuilding

'Rogue landlord' handed £275,000 penalty by court for renting out unauthorised outbuilding

A court has issued a "rogue landlord" with a £275,000 proceeds of crime penalty for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice regarding the unlawful construction and renting out of an outbuilding behind a house in west London.

Build-to-rent could help cities meet their higher housing need figures, lobby group research claims

Build-to-rent could help cities meet their higher housing need figures, lobby group research claims

Almost 90 per cent of build-to-rent units have been built in cities where the government has increased housing need levels, according to new research by lobby group the British Property Federation (BPF) that it says shows how the sector could play a "critical role" in helping councils meet their higher home requirements.

The implications of the softening of this year's housing delivery test

The implications of the softening of this year's housing delivery test

Research suggests that a government "adjustment" to this year's forthcoming housing delivery test results could mean that about a third of English local planning authorities escape a more serious penalty and, overall, significantly less are likely to face sanctions compared to last year.

How the dismissal of a big housing appeal underlines the growing weight decision-makers should give to design matters

How the dismissal of a big housing appeal underlines the growing weight decision-makers should give to design matters

An appeal decision where an inspector dismissed a major housing appeal on design grounds, despite the authority lacking the required five-year housing land supply, is likely to see decision-makers emboldened to refuse unsuitable schemes on such matters, say practitioners.

Ten key things that happened in the past week

Ten key things that happened in the past week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including the news that a social housing provider is facing a multi-million-pound community infrastructure levy (CIL) bill after losing a legal challenge.

Local Plan Watch: Council adopts site allocations plan after nearly three-year examination

Local Plan Watch: Council adopts site allocations plan after nearly three-year examination

A Somerset council has seen its 12,000-home development plan approved by an inspector almost three years after it was submitted for examination.

Why building truly ‘age-friendly’ cities must become a priority, by Cliff Hague

Why building truly ‘age-friendly’ cities must become a priority, by Cliff Hague

While some places are making genuinely innovative strides, the general health and wellbeing of our ageing population is increasingly at risk with large swathes of the planning system overlooking it.

Council boosts planning enforcement team numbers to improve ‘ineffective’ delivery

Council boosts planning enforcement team numbers to improve ‘ineffective’ delivery

A council has bolstered the number of people in its enforcement team after finding that “inadequate” staff numbers had caused a hike in cases and longer waiting times, which resulted in some planning breaches becoming “immune” from action.

Council green lights 1,500-home garden village masterplan

Council green lights 1,500-home garden village masterplan

A council has approved a masterplan for a garden village of more than 1,500 homes, of which about a fifth would be on green belt land.

Mayor advises London boroughs to set 'ambitious and achieveable' urban greening measures

Mayor advises London boroughs to set 'ambitious and achieveable' urban greening measures

Urban greening targets set by London boroughs should be “both locally ambitious and achievable” and could differ according to development type and locations within council areas, a mayoral consultation document has revealed.

Kent council publishes 27,000-home local plan but stalls pre-submission consultation

Kent council publishes 27,000-home local plan but stalls pre-submission consultation

A Kent council has published a draft local plan that sets out proposals for up to 27,000 new homes by 2037 - including a 6,500-home “rural town” - but has delayed a key meeting on the document, citing a need to “complete the full evidence base”.

Net zero strategy promises to 'embed' transport decarbonisation in spatial planning and reiterates NPPF review

Net zero strategy promises to 'embed' transport decarbonisation in spatial planning and reiterates NPPF review

The government’s newly-published Net Zero Strategy has revealed that the government will seek to “embed transport decarbonisation principles in spatial planning" and reiterates that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will be reviewed to “make sure it contributes to climate change mitigation and adaptation as fully as possible”.

Appeal Court rejects council's bid to impose greater controls on HS2 lorry movements

Appeal Court rejects council's bid to impose greater controls on HS2 lorry movements

A London council's bid to continue its battle to limit rush-hour heavy lorry movements to and from High Speed Two (HS2) construction sites has failed at the Court of Appeal, after a judge found an inspector’s reasoning in rejecting the authority's attempt to exert closer control over such routes to be “legally impeccable”.

Tackling climate emergency should be 'top priority' for planning system, says new RTPI and TCPA guidance

Tackling climate emergency should be 'top priority' for planning system, says new RTPI and TCPA guidance

Responding to the climate emergency should be the "top priority" of the planning system and be "embedded" in all local plan policy requirements, joint new guidance from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has recommended.

Government rejects Lords' planning-related Environment Bill amendments

Government rejects Lords' planning-related Environment Bill amendments

The government has rejected two planning-related amendments to the Environment Bill that were proposed by the House of Lords, which would introduce restrictions on ministerial powers to amend the habitats regulations and greater planning protection for ancient woodland.

High Court rejects council's argument that housing land supply assessment should have taken account of past over-supply

High Court rejects council's argument that housing land supply assessment should have taken account of past over-supply

A High Court judge has in a guideline case dismissed a Gloucestershire council's argument that an inspector was wrong in not taking account of its past over-supply of housing land when assessing whether it had the required five-year pipeline of deliverable sites, ruling that this is a matter of planning judgment.

Senior developers and land promoters speak at planning for housing conference

Senior developers and land promoters speak at planning for housing conference

Senior professionals from developers and land promoters, including Lovell Partnerships, Redrow, Barratt Developments, Urban&Civic and Catesby Estates, will be speaking at the Planning for Housing conference, organised by Planning, on Thursday 18 November.

Read the autumn quarterly edition of Planning page-by-page online

Read the autumn quarterly edition of Planning page-by-page online

Our fifth print quarterly edition covers the hardest developers to refuse, fresh opportunities to build discounted homes on unallocated sites and how the new National Planning Policy Framework changes the system

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