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.

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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.

What new design guidance means for planners

What new design guidance means for planners

New guidance on design and a national design guide should put councils in a better position to resist poor-quality proposals, say observers, but they warn it may place new burdens on already-stretched planning teams.

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.

Last of the chief planning officers

Last of the chief planning officers

Richard Morris of Sevenoaks Council is one of the few remaining heads of planning service who reports directly to their authority's chief executive. Why are they now so rare?


10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a local authority in Bedfordshire has accused two planning inspectors of withholding crucial correspondence in relation to its local plan examination after the inspectors raised "serious concerns" about aspects of the document.

The Planning Briefing: Five key Planning Practice Guidance changes

The Planning Briefing: Five key Planning Practice Guidance changes

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.

The Big Picture: Social housing scheme scoops Stirling Prize

The Big Picture: Social housing scheme scoops Stirling Prize

A development of 105 council homes in Norwich, called Goldsmith Street, won this year's Stirling Prize, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects to the best UK building.

How planning shaped: Salford Quays

How planning shaped: Salford Quays

The public and private sector work that has transformed the city's former docklands area.

Planning lessons from the Commonwealth, by Cliff Hague

Planning lessons from the Commonwealth, by Cliff Hague

Some excellent, imaginative planning is being done in several Commonwealth countries.

Diary: Planners heap pressure on Trump

Diary: Planners heap pressure on Trump

It's been a tough few weeks for Donald Trump - and Scottish planners have added to the embattled US president's woes.

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