10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the communities secretary Greg Clark has approved plans for a mixed-use development, after an inspector dismissed concerns over the possible loss of ancient woodland.

Communities secretary Greg Clark
Communities secretary Greg Clark

The proposals, promoted by developer Croudace Strategic, include 500 homes, 30 per cent of which would be affordable, along with education and community facilities, open space and associated infrastructure on land straddling the boundary between Maidstone and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Councils’ areas. More.

Consultancy AECOM has been appointed to draw up a masterplan for the proposed Ebbsfleet garden city in Kent. More.

Councillors in Essex ignored officers' advice and refused three major applications, which would deliver more than 600 homes, despite their authority lacking an up-to-date local plan and being unable to demonstrate a five-year housing supply. More.

The communities secretary Greg Clark has approved plans for a 215 home development at Winsford in Cheshire, despite acknowledging that the comprehensive development brief stipulated in the development plan was not yet in place. More.

A district council is seeking permission to suspend its local plan examination until May 2016 so that significant issues with its housing need can be fixed - even though a planning inspector cautioned such a move was unlikely to work. More.

The Mayor of London is to publish a guide on how planning policy can protect music and cultural venues across the capital, after a report showed more than a third of the capital's grassroots music venues have been lost since 2007. More.

Mayoral body Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it is to release more than 120 hectares of land to help create more than 10,000 new homes across London. More.

Two travellers have launched a High Court challenge against the government's handling of their planning appeals, claiming that the process breached equality laws and their human rights. More.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) should be amended to include a new policy to support social justice, according to a new planning 'manifesto'. More.

Releasing green belt land for development would not help solve Britain's housing shortage, a policy think-tank has argued in a report published yesterday. More.

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