20 councils that are boosting planning team resources

20 councils that are boosting planning team resources

Almost a third of published housing delivery test action plans say the local authority will invest in planning department resources and capacity to help boost homes delivery, according to the latest research by Planning.

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The towns with the highest ratio of resi to office values

The towns with the highest ratio of resi to office values

The London Borough of Bromley has the highest gap between office and residential land values in its town centre, according to analysis carried out by Planning.

Go-ahead for 1,435-home Bristol scheme at second time of asking

Go-ahead for 1,435-home Bristol scheme at second time of asking

Bristol City Council has granted outline consent for its own application for a 1,435-home mixed-use development on the southern edge of the city, reversing its decision to refuse the scheme earlier this year because of conflict with a neighbourhood plan.

Councils could face standardised local plan data requirements

Councils could face standardised local plan data requirements

The government has announced that it has completed a research project which could lead to councils being required to provide standardised data on local plans.

Housing supply crisis 'caused by planning restrictions'

Housing supply crisis 'caused by planning restrictions'

A claim that solutions to boosting the supply of homes include "reform of the planning laws" and making "obtaining planning permission easier" features in today's newspaper round-up.


The 21 councils who could be made vulnerable by the lack of a housing delivery action plan

The 21 councils who could be made vulnerable by the lack of a housing delivery action plan

More than 20 local authorities in areas under-delivering on housebuilding targets are yet to comply with the government's instruction that they produce an action plan setting out how they will address the problem, research by Planning reveals.

Map: Where might office demolitions for housebuilding be most likely?

Map: Where might office demolitions for housebuilding be most likely?

Revealed: The business districts in England with the biggest gaps between resi and office values, plus existing office to resi permitted development conversion hotspots.

How the recent Planning Practice Guidance revisions change the system

How the recent Planning Practice Guidance revisions change the system

How government planning advice changed this summer, and what it means for you. By Colin Marrs.

How injunctions banning unauthorised traveller sites are impacting provision

How injunctions banning unauthorised traveller sites are impacting provision

On Tuesday 3 September, around 100 vehicles made their way through the Surrey countryside before stopping at Epsom Common and Horton Country Park, where the occupants set up camp.

Councils' action plans on housing delivery are a mine of essential information, by Richard Garlick

Councils' action plans on housing delivery are a mine of essential information, by Richard Garlick

In this edition, we publish the results of our survey of councils' action plans for increasing the delivery of housing.

Why the housing minister told a council whose plan has just been found sound to focus on brownfield development

Why the housing minister told a council whose plan has just been found sound to focus on brownfield development

The housing minister's response to a Nottinghamshire council's plan to release green belt land for growth illustrates ministers' concerns about green belt development and their desire to see authorities exhaust brownfield options first, say experts. But it also serves as a reminder that authorities often face little option but to release green belt land to meet their housing need, they add.

Development Management Answers: Is refusal over tree loss reasonable?

Development Management Answers: Is refusal over tree loss reasonable?

Q A developer has applied for planning permission for ten houses. Several trees on the site offer amenity value to the area but none is protected or in a conservation area. The council has refused permission as the development would result in removal of some of these trees. Is this unreasonable, given that the developer could remove the trees without consent at any time? JM

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