Westminster proposes size limits on new homes in draft local plan

Westminster proposes size limits on new homes in draft local plan

Westminster City Council is proposing to limit the size of new homes to 150 square metres in its draft local plan in an effort to promote "mixed communities" and discourage "empty super-prime properties".

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Draft masterplan for 2,000-home Lancashire scheme published

Draft masterplan for 2,000-home Lancashire scheme published

A draft masterplan proposing 2,000 new homes on a greenfield site in Lancashire has been published for consultation.

Judge rejects legal challenge against shop food unit conversion

Judge rejects legal challenge against shop food unit conversion

A Leicestershire man has failed in a High Court challenge against a planning consent to convert a local shop into a Domino's pizza outlet, after a judge rejected his arguments that the decision had not taken account of relevant local planning policies and had breached equality legislation.

Brokenshire defends 'uniquely qualified' design champion

Brokenshire defends 'uniquely qualified' design champion

Reports that the housing secretary has defended his new adviser on 'beautiful buildings' following claims that the latter has espoused Islamophobic and homophobic opinions feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Developers slash housing provision from 1,356 homes to 250 in revised Bishopsgate plan

Developers slash housing provision from 1,356 homes to 250 in revised Bishopsgate plan

The developers behind plans for the long-delayed redevelopment of Bishopsgate Goodsyard in east London have slashed the amount of housing proposed from 1,356 homes to 250 under new revised plans.


What the planned high street deregulation would allow developers to do without a planning application

What the planned high street deregulation would allow developers to do without a planning application

Proposals to ease the path for upward extensions of buildings and high street changes of use may not produce the intended results, commentators have warned.

How the rocketing number of 'valued landscapes' disputes are being determined by decision-makers

How the rocketing number of 'valued landscapes' disputes are being determined by decision-makers

The contested issue of valued landscapes is an issue that has increasingly occupied planning inspectors and judges as well as councils and applicants in recent years, Stuart Watson finds.

How ministers' proposed new freedom to demolish offices for homes could play out

How ministers' proposed new freedom to demolish offices for homes could play out

Developers are showing a keen appetite for the government's proposed permitted development right allowing the demolition of commercial buildings for homes, but practitioners say council concerns are likely to prompt a complicated prior approval process.

Why rowing back on land value uplift has relieved the sector

Why rowing back on land value uplift has relieved the sector

The government's change of tack on allowing councils to base infrastructure charges on existing land value has saved the system from unnecessary extra complication, experts have concluded.

How the three councils under Whitehall plan-making scrutiny are faring

How the three councils under Whitehall plan-making scrutiny are faring

How are the three councils undergoing central government scrutiny of their local plan production faring, asks Adam Branson.

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