10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that planning minister Gavin Barwell has moved to strengthen neighbourhood plans in areas where the local authority does not have a five-year housing land supply.

Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell
Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell

In a written ministerial statement yesterday, Barwell said plans would not automatically be deemed out of date in such circumstances if certain conditions were met. More.

Barwell also said this week that the government is "actively considering" measures recommended by the Local Plans Expert Group (LPEG) to ensure that, once a council's five-year housing supply has been established, it is treated as definitive for a set period of time. More.

A Suffolk parish council has triumphed in a High Court fight to block plans for new homes in the village of East Bergholt, in a case which lawyers claim could have wider implications for the relationship between local and neighbourhood plans. More.

A 4,000-home urban extension on greenfield land to the south of Canterbury has been given the green light. More.

Plans have been approved for a 1,100-home community next to the M1 motorway on the south eastern edge of Leeds, after planners concluded that the development would 'fully align' with emerging local planning policy. More.

Half of the members of a Sussex parish council have resigned in protest after the government allowed an appeal for 50 new homes in their village. More.

Councils should be required to include in their local plans a 'strategic consideration' of the contribution that small sites can make to housing delivery, a report has recommended. More.

A Warwickshire council has intervened to prevent the owners of an airfield from demolishing employment buildings on the site with the aim of redeveloping the airfield to provide around 1,800 homes. More.

Measures to support a 'right to return' for social housing tenants on estates which undergo redevelopment are included in a new draft good practice guide for estate regeneration schemes, published by the mayor of London. More.

The roll-out of digital infrastructure should be considered as a 'priority' in local planning policies to help improve mobile connectivity, according to the government's infrastructure advisory body. More.


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