10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including reports that the government is planning to 'strengthen' national planning policy related to housing density, as part of a suite of planning changes designed to get more homes built.

Housing development: government mulling density push
Housing development: government mulling density push

Last year the government proposed revising the National Planning Policy Framework in order to encourage higher housing densities around transport hubs. However, Planning understands that the government intends to go further by strengthening guidance on density more broadly. More.

The communities secretary Sajid Javid has said that he agrees with the 'central thrust' of recommendations in the government's Local Plans Expert Group (LPEG)'s report related to strengthening cross-boundary cooperation and making local plans a statutory requirement. More.

A Yorkshire council's officers have recommended delaying its local plan timetable to take account of a potential reduction in housing requirements and the impact of Brexit on job growth forecasts, it has emerged. More.

Planning minister Gavin Barwell has issued a holding direction barring a Yorkshire council from progressing its new core strategy development plan document following a request from the local Conservative MP who raised concerns about the document, including its proposed release of green belt land. More.

The government has committed to establishing its new infrastructure advisory body 'on a permanent footing', but it will not have a statutory underpinning. More.

A proposal for up to 300 homes on greenfield land in County Durham has been allowed on appeal, after an inspector rejected the claim that the site should be protected as a valued landscape. More.

An inspector has called for a meeting to be held into an Essex local plan's compliance with the duty to co-operate (DtC), after finding that the plan's housing target fails to meet objectively-assessed need. More.

Simon Ricketts, the top-rated solicitor in Planning's 2016 Law Survey, is to leave his full-time role at law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) to set up a partnership with partners from two other prominent planning solicitors and Mary Cook of Cornerstone Barristers, the top-rated junior barrister in last year's survey. More.

A scheme to secure extra planning capacity to be shared across London planning departments is to be progressed as a way of alleviating skills shortages in the capital, according to London's deputy mayor for planning. More.

A developer has secured planning approval for proposals to deliver a mixed use development including up to 257 new homes on an unallocated site at Witney in Oxfordshire, after planners concluded that the development would help meet the council's housing land supply shortfall. More.

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