10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the much-anticipated Housing White Paper will now be published in January, the communities secretary Sajid Javid has said.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid
Communities secretary Sajid Javid

Javid told MPs that the document is "due to be published in January". More.

An inspector has concluded that St Albans City and District Council’s draft local plan has not met the duty to cooperate. More. 

The government has lifted its holding direction on Birmingham's draft local plan, saying the council has "taken a robust approach that is consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)". More.

Developers in London who provide 35 per cent or more affordable housing on their schemes without public subsidy would be freed from the requirement to provide detailed viability information, under proposals unveiled by the mayor. More.

City of York Council has announced a six-month delay to its local plan, citing changes to household projections and a decision by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to close military sites in York as being behind its decision. More.

Transport projects that enable the delivery of 'vital new housing developments' are in line for cash from a new £1.1 billion fund to tackle congestion and deliver local road and public transport network improvements, the transport secretary has said. More.

Local plans are failing to prepare for the effects of climate change, national planning policy on development viability is hampering effective action on the issue, and the duty to cooperate places 'little to no emphasis' on cross-boundary climate change issues, a report has concluded. More.

A government review of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has found a 'clear case for the continuing existence' of the housing and regeneration quango, but has suggested that a new 'statement of purpose' could shift its focus. More.

An Essex council has refused plans for a retail-led mixed-use scheme on an 11.75-hectare site on the edge of Colchester for a second time, after planners concluded that the development would have a 'significant adverse impact' on the future prosperity of the town's centre. More.

Plans have been approved for a major 274-home, mixed-use scheme in central Bristol, including a 22 storey tower, despite a recommendation from Historic England that the scheme be refused on heritage grounds. More.

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