10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a planning inspector has given an Oxfordshire authority a two-year deadline to plan to meet its share of Oxford City's unmet housing need.

Oxford: housing overspill a contentious issue
Oxford: housing overspill a contentious issue

In a report issued last week, inspector Malcolm Rivett concluded that the Vale of White Horse Council’s Local Plan 2031: Part 1 could be adopted by the authority, subject to a number of modifications being made to the strategy. More. 

Plans for 680 homes on countryside in Hampshire have been given the go-ahead by the communities secretary after he concluded that the council did not have an up-to-date local plan or a five-year housing land supply. More. 

Plans for a 1,800-home development on a 248-hectare aerodrome site in Surrey have been recommended for approval by planners who concluded that the development would offer 'significant social and economic gains'. More.

A High Court judge has ruled that if a residential basement development includes significant engineering operations amounting to a 'separate activity of substance', planning permission should be required for the works. More.

A council in the North East has announced that it has paused work on its draft local plan so that the emerging strategy can take into account proposals in the forthcoming Housing White Paper. More.

Plans have moved forward for the creation of development vehicle to deliver three possible 'garden communities' in north Essex. More.

A Cheshire council is considering plans to close a grant scheme that offers financial support to groups preparing neighbourhood plans in its area. More.

A scheme to provide 3,500 homes as part of a planned new town in Cambridgeshire will include 40 per cent discounted Starter Homes and 10 per cent affordable homes, following the agreement of a revised affordable housing deal that has replaced earlier plans for 20 per cent of the homes to be affordable. More.

Plans for a 'designer outlet centre' on 14 hectares of agricultural land to the south west of Darlington in North Yorkshire have been approved by the communities secretary after he concluded that there were no viable alternative sites and that the scheme would not have an undue negative effect on nearby town centres. More.

A High Court judge has dismissed a Shropshire council's legal challenge against an inspector's decision to allow 290 homes. More.


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