290-home appeal allowed in Leeds over housing land supply shortage

290-home appeal allowed in Leeds over housing land supply shortage

Plans for almost 300 homes on a greenfield site in Leeds have been allowed on appeal, after an inspector found that a local policy safeguarding the land was out of date due to the council's lack of a five-year housing land supply.

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Think tank moots higher taxes on landowners granted planning permission

Think tank moots higher taxes on landowners granted planning permission

Landowners who benefit from the granting of planning permission should be subject to an increased rate of capital gains tax to pay for "local community projects", according to the Adam Smith Institute.

Essex councils announce creation of 'one of the UK's biggest' design review panels

Essex councils announce creation of 'one of the UK's biggest' design review panels

Planning officers in Essex are to establish what they describe as one of the UK's biggest design quality panels in a bid to drive up the standard of development across the county.

At least 45,000 new homes could be created in re-purposed town centres, says consultancy

At least 45,000 new homes could be created in re-purposed town centres, says consultancy

At least 45,000 new homes could be created in town centres if a third of current vacant floorspace is re-purposed for residential use, says a new report by a planning consultancy.

Three days left to vote in the Planning Law Survey 2019

Three days left to vote in the Planning Law Survey 2019

Three days remain for those invited to participate in the Planning Law Survey 2019 to cast their votes, and enter a draw to win £100 of Marks and Spencer vouchers


Plans for 750-home Ashford urban extension submitted

Plans for 750-home Ashford urban extension submitted

Hybrid plans have been submitted for a 750-home urban extension to Ashford in Kent, of which at least five per cent of the housing would be for self build.

Airport landowner embarks on rival Heathrow DCO application

Airport landowner embarks on rival Heathrow DCO application

Hotel operator Arora Group has taken the first step in its bid to secure a development consent order (DCO) for a Heathrow expansion plan to rival that of the airport operator.

Minister challenges developers to factor good design into their cost appraisals

Minister challenges developers to factor good design into their cost appraisals

Developers need to acknowledge the need for good design and factor it into their financial appraisals for new schemes, planning minister Kit Malthouse said yesterday.

What Brokenshire's local plan intervention climbdown means for the programme's future

What Brokenshire's local plan intervention climbdown means for the programme's future

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.

Five things you need to know about National Audit Office's planning probe

Five things you need to know about National Audit Office's planning probe

Last week, public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) published a highly critical report into the government's handling of the planning system, concluding that it was "clear the system is not working well". Here are four key findings from the report, plus details on what happens next.

The ruling that could end prior approval consents for phone kiosks

The ruling that could end prior approval consents for phone kiosks

Westminster City Council says it will review recent phone kiosk prior approval consents after winning a landmark ruling on permitted development that experts say will help local authorities refuse such schemes in future.

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