10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the Greater London Authority (GLA) is considering an 'industrial land swap' between London and its south-eastern neighbours to free up industrial land for new homes.

Jules Pipe: deputy mayor moots plan to free up industrial land for housing
Jules Pipe: deputy mayor moots plan to free up industrial land for housing

Speaking at the Planning for Housing conference, Jules Pipe, the capital's deputy mayor for planning said the GLA was considering the move as part of a "more rigorous approach to the release of surplus industrial land that has good public transport accessibility". More. 

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has allowed a proposal for fracking in Lancashire, stating that the need for shale gas exploration is 'a material consideration of great weight'. More.

A framework document for the delivery of the Ebbsfleet Garden City has identified sites for the delivery of 12,800 homes, over 2,000 short of its target for the site. More.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said he will push ahead with plans for a series of new river crossings in east London, including an extension of the Docklands Light Railway from Gallions Reach to Thamesmead. More.

Plans have been approved for the demolition of two existing office blocks and the construction of a 36-storey office tower in the City of London, after planners concluded that the development would help support the City as a global financial centre. More.

Glasgow City Council has agreed to bring forward early reviews of its economic development areas policy and housing supply targets as it moves to finalise its new development plan. More.

Local plan-makers need to do more to promote self-build and custom-build housing, advice from a planning and housing consultancy argues. More.

Scaled-down plans have been approved to develop up to 210 homes on the edge of Frinton-on-Sea in Essex after planners advised that the council could not demonstrate a five-year land supply. More.

Plans to charge up to £250 per square metre for student housing developments are included in a west London development corporation's draft community infrastructure levy (CIL) charging schedule, which has been published for consultation. More.

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