10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government has been granted permission to appeal against a High Court ruling that forced ministers to remove a policy to exempt small developments from affordable housing contributions from national planning practice guidance.

London's Royal Courts of Justice
London's Royal Courts of Justice

The High Court ruling, handed down in July, quashed the policy, which excluded developments of ten homes or fewer, or 1,000 square metres or less in floorspace, from the requirement to provide or contribute to affordable housing. More.

Eleven local planning authorities adopted local plans with new green belt boundaries in 2014/15 resulting in the largest annual change in the area of green belt reported in the last five years, according to official statistics. More.

Wind power schemes in Yorkshire and Cumbria have become the latest to be rejected by communities secretary Greg Clark after he ruled that they failed to comply with new rules requiring wind applications to have community backing. More.

The communities secretary Greg Clark has allowed an appeal against a council's non-determination of an application for a 360-home development in Lancashire, despite part of the scheme being located in the green belt. More.

The government should consider updating national planning guidance to include nine tests to ensure areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) are adequately protected from inappropriate development, a report has recommended. More.

The mayor of London's intervention in a major planned redevelopment project in London has been criticised by the borough of Hackney's mayor for showing 'outrageous disregard for the local democratic planning process'. More.

Ministers should be 'embarrassed' by the lack of data collected to support their public land disposal claims, a report by the Parliamentary spending watchdog has said. More.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn highlighted land banking and speculation as key problems to be addressed in his speech at his party's annual conference in Brighton. More.

A neighbouring council has declined to sign up to a deal to redistribute Coventry's housing overspill across the wider housing market area that is intended to ensure that the sub-region's local plans are not derailed by the duty to cooperate. More.

Northern Ireland's environment minister Mark H. Durkan yesterday published the Strategic Planning Policy Statement (SPPS) for Northern Ireland, consolidating existing policy into one document and establishing clear priorities for town centre retail and against fracking. More.


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