New 'sustainable development' examination test will not set a 'lower bar' for local plans, says white paper advisor

New 'sustainable development' examination test will not set a 'lower bar' for local plans, says white paper advisor

The government's proposed new test that local plans will need to meet to pass examination should make it easier for strategic sites to come forward but will not "lower the bar" overall, one of the expert advisors to the planning changes has revealed.

MHCLG planning director defends standard housing need method changes

MHCLG planning director defends standard housing need method changes

The housing ministry's planning director has defended the government's proposed changes to its standard housing need method and its raising of the exemption threshold for affordable housing obligations.

Cheshire East ditches green belt land allocations from draft plan

Cheshire East ditches green belt land allocations from draft plan

Cheshire East Council has proposed removing 13 housing allocations from its emerging development plan, most of which are on green belt land, after reporting high levels of home completions in the past year.

Tory MP slams government’s revised housing need method as 'Stalinist'

Tory MP slams government’s revised housing need method as 'Stalinist'

A Conservative MP and former minister has blasted the government's proposed changes to its standard housing need method as "Stalinist" and said she has written to the housing secretary urging him to rethink the proposals.

Two Tory MPs 'voice strong opposition to housing proposals in Herts local plan'

Two Tory MPs 'voice strong opposition to housing proposals in Herts local plan'

News of opposition from two Conservative MPs to the housing and green belt release proposals in an emerging local plan in Hertfordshire leads our round-up of today's newspapers.


Ten important policy and legislation changes to expect this autumn

Ten important policy and legislation changes to expect this autumn

Alterations to the National Planning Policy Framework and permitted development rights are among changes on the horizon.

Five legal verdicts to look out for this autumn

Five legal verdicts to look out for this autumn

Cases due before the courts October-November 2020. Hearing dates may be subject to change.

Ten summer appeal decisions that you need to know about

Ten summer appeal decisions that you need to know about

The most downloaded cases from COMPASS Online decided between 1 June and 28 August.

Six government infrastructure decisions promised this autumn

Six government infrastructure decisions promised this autumn

Due dates for government decisions on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects before 31.12.20

Why a court judgment should make it easier for councils to seek affordable housing from extra care retirement schemes

Why a court judgment should make it easier for councils to seek affordable housing from extra care retirement schemes

A High Court ruling found that a council was justified in seeking affordable housing contributions from a form of retirement accommodation that includes private homes. Experts say the judgment puts authorities in a stronger position when seeking affordable housing from such schemes but warn that developers of extra care homes are likely to find that it impacts on their viablity.

What the proposed scrapping of the soundness test might mean for local plans

What the proposed scrapping of the soundness test might mean for local plans

Plans to abolish the soundness test that local plans have to pass at examination and replace it with a "slimmed down" sustainable development assessment should help ease the promotion of large-scale settlements, say observers. However, some have raised concerns that it could mean development plans including less deliverable housing sites.

Why ditching the dreaded section 106 negotiations could lead to something even worse for developers, by Joey Gardiner

Why ditching the dreaded section 106 negotiations could lead to something even worse for developers, by Joey Gardiner

The government’s planning white paper proposals to rip up the current system by which developers contribute to the cost of the infrastructure required to support their schemes, and replace it with a nationally set Infrastructure Levy have been greeted with dismay by councils and housing associations.

Three lessons in more effective strategic planning, by Catriona Riddell

Three lessons in more effective strategic planning, by Catriona Riddell

Like most of us in the planning world, I have spent the last two months listening to podcasts and webinars about the planning white paper, hoping that someone will tell me not to worry, it will all come out in the wash.

Neighbourhood Watch: London still lagging with neighbourhood plan activity

Neighbourhood Watch: London still lagging with neighbourhood plan activity

Neighbourhood planning activity in London is still far lower than in other English regions, with eight boroughs remaining neighbourhood planning ‘deserts’, according to research by Planning.

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