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 39 homes on a site not allocated for development in a Northamptonshire village's neighbourhood plan on the same day as residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of the document in a local referendum.

Communities secretary Greg Clark
Communities secretary Greg Clark

Clark allowed appellant Bowbridge Land’s appeal against the decision of Wellingborough Council to refuse its application for 39 homes on an agricultural site on the edge of Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, ruling that a five-year housing land supply shortfall should trump policies in an emerging neighbourhood plan. More.

A report said that councils have spent nearly half a billion pounds subsidising the costs of processing planning applications in the past three years, as speculation grows that the government is to allow councils to set their own planning fees. More.

Local authorities in England will no longer have to assess Gypsies' and travellers' housing needs in a separate category to other residents within their jurisdiction, under measures in the Housing and Planning Bill. More.

The government has promised to reconsider the criteria that will define which compulsory purchase order decisions can be delegated to an inspector, as part of its response to feedback on its proposals to change the rules governing forced acquisition of land by the public sector. More.

The developer of a waterfront scheme to build 165 luxury flats on the site of Tate & Lyle's former offices near Tower Bridge in central London has had its bid to cut its contribution to affordable housing by nearly £4 million blocked by an inspector. More.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is looking into reviewing the capital's key planning document the London Plan to put greater emphasis on sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), according to a draft plan released by the mayor's office yesterday. More.

Opposition and backbench Tory MPs have warned that planning measures contained in the Housing and Planning Bill threaten to undermine local democratic control over development. More.

England will have to build more than 310,000 homes a year over the next five years to catch up with demand - more than 50 per cent higher than the government is aiming for - according to a study published today by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). More.

The winner of last year's Wolfson Prize to develop ideas for building a new generation of garden cities has recommended that Sheffield build 100,000 homes over the next 20 years, with some of the growth taking place in major urban extensions. More.

Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine and Sir John Armitt, the former head of the body responsible for delivering the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympics, have been appointed as commissioners to the government's new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). More.

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