10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest news stories from the past week, including news that housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has said that, while it is the government's intention for all 'reasonably-sized' schemes to include a proportion of Starter Homes for first-time buyers, it will be for councils to negotiate with developers the mix of affordable homes for rent and Starter Homes contained within section 106 deals.

Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis
Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis

Speaking at a communities and local government select committee session, Brandon Lewis told MPs that, under provisions in the Housing and Planning Bill, councils would still be able to include affordable homes for rent in section 106 agreements. More.

Lewis has also written to councils across to England urging them to "respond constructively, rapidly and positively" to requests for renegotiations of affordable housing contributions, following the government's policy to reduce social housing rents. More.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) faces a 30 per cent reduction in day to day spending over the next four years, under a provisional deal announced today by chancellor George Osborne. More.

Half of all local authorities in England have published evidence on employment land which pre-dates the National Planning Policy Framework and may no longer be 'fit for purpose', a report has concluded. More.

Two Cambridgeshire councils have increased their housing target by 500 homes after their local plans' examination was paused by inspectors earlier this year, but have stood by proposals to deliver growth in new towns and villages beyond the green belt. More.

There is a £2 billion funding gap in Kent and Medway between secured and expected funds and the infrastructure required to support the delivery of new homes between now and 2031, Kent County Council has warned as it published a new strategic framework to identify and prioritise investment in infrastructure. More.

A farmer has been given a three month suspended jail sentence for failing to tear down a mock Tudor castle that he built on the Surrey green belt. More.

Proposals to require all 'reasonably-sized sites' to include a proportion of discounted Starter Homes threaten to 'kill off' the emerging build to rent sector 'before it gets going', a property industry lobby group has warned. More.

Green belt land may be required to deliver Greater Manchester's future growth, according to a consultation document published by the city-region's combined authority which states that sites already identified for homes in the conurbation would be insufficient to meet its housing needs in full. More.

A planning decision on a controversial 2,000-home urban extension in Somerset has been deferred over concerns about the scheme's potential impact on local infrastructure. More.

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