Cheshire town's neighbourhood plan rejected at referendum by just 22 votes

Cheshire town's neighbourhood plan rejected at referendum by just 22 votes

A neighbourhood plan covering the town of Middlewich in Cheshire has been refused at referendum on a margin of just 22 votes, becoming only the third such plan in the country to be defeated at the polls.

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Councillors at a Norfolk local authority have approved plans for a 4,000-home urban extension on greenfield land, despite a proposed affordable housing contribution that equates to just a quarter of the local policy requirement.

Plans submitted for 8,500-home Otterpool Park 'garden town' in Kent

Plans submitted for 8,500-home Otterpool Park 'garden town' in Kent

A local authority and a landowner have submitted plans for an 8,500-home 'garden town' in the Kent North Downs near Folkestone.

Liverpool city region strategy to be produced 'within two years', conference told

Liverpool city region strategy to be produced 'within two years', conference told

Planners producing the strategic plan for the Liverpool city region have said they are aiming to get the document finalised "within two years", a conference heard last week.

Government agency to back planning drive for housing diversity through funding choices

Government agency to back planning drive for housing diversity through funding choices

Funding decisions made by the government's housing agency for England will complement promised planning changes in encouraging a greater diversity of housing types on large sites, the Mipim property conference heard last week.


Six messages from the metro mayors at Mipim

Six messages from the metro mayors at Mipim

Four of England's directly elected city-region mayors shared a stage at the UK government pavilion at last week's Mipim international property fair in Cannes. Here are six key messages that emerged from what they said.

Why an NPPF tweak could help councils boost their housing land supply

Why an NPPF tweak could help councils boost their housing land supply

A revision to the National Planning Policy Framework's definition of "deliverability" may make it easier for councils to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, say some experts.

Promised guidance will dictate who foots the bill for greater housebuilding diversity, by Chris Brown

Promised guidance will dictate who foots the bill for greater housebuilding diversity, by Chris Brown

There were widespread rumours over the last few months that civil servants in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) were not over-enthusiastic about delivering the Letwin approach to speeding up housing delivery.

How the government is likely to respond to its NPPF High Court defeat

How the government is likely to respond to its NPPF High Court defeat

Following a successful judicial review against a paragraph in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) setting out support for fracking, planning law experts believe the government will probably reconsult on the policy or reconsider the responses it received to the original consultation.

Diary: 'Nimby nuns' object to new housing plan

Diary: 'Nimby nuns' object to new housing plan

Residents' objections are an occupational hazard for housing developers - but could Bellway Homes have met its match with a group of so-called 'nimby nuns' in Kent?

What the new planning apprenticeship scheme will mean for you

What the new planning apprenticeship scheme will mean for you

The launch of the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) new degree-level apprenticeship programme this autumn should open up the profession to more entrants and boost its diversity, say observers.

Spring Statement: 13 things you need to know

Spring Statement: 13 things you need to know

The chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Statement this week included a host of planning-related measures. Here are 13 key things you need to know.

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