10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including coverage of of the government's decision to back a third runway at Heathrow airport.

Heathrow: government backs expansion plan
Heathrow: government backs expansion plan

In a statement issued on issued on Tuesday morning, the government announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow. The Department for Transport's statement said that the scheme will now be taken forward in the form of a draft national policy statement (NPS) for consultation. The draft NPS will be published for consultation in the "new year", the statement said. More.

Planning summarised five key implications of the approval for planning professionals. More.

Plans to focus more development in London's town centres and to intensify development around well-connected transport nodes in the city have been set out in a consultation document published by the London mayor Sadiq Khan. More.

A neighbourhood plan for a Derbyshire parish has been overwhelmingly rejected in a local referendum after the parish council's neighbourhood plan steering group campaigned for a 'no' vote following a dispute with the borough council. More.

Plans to remove 4,900 hectares of land from Greater Manchester's green belt to provide tens of thousands of new homes are contained in a draft statutory spatial framework for the city-region. More.

The communities secretary has blocked plans for up to 100 homes at a site in Herefordshire after concluding that the development would be contrary to an emerging neighbourhood plan, despite the local authority being unable to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply. More.

A devolution deal between the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton which would include the creation of a spatial plan and housing target for the area looks set to progress after a U-turn by Isle of Wight Council. More.

Plans have been approved for over 1,500 homes across four sites at Thamesmead in south east London after planners concluded that the developments would help 'rebrand' the area as a 'brand new community for the 21st Century’. More.

A Hertfordshire council is consulting on planning measures to regulate the construction of basement extensions, following an increase in such developments in recent years. More.

A developer has withdrawn a compensation request made to people who objected to one of its planning applications. More.

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