10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a Bedfordshire authority is looking to speed up its local plan process to try to avoid a possible hike in its housing targets under the government's proposed standardised need methodology.

Central Bedfordshire Council has published a new timetable that would see its draft local plan submitted in March 2018 – seven months earlier than previously planned. More.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has been urged by a group of opposition councillors to launch a 'full review' into 'problems' in its planning department, including a long-running applications processing backlog. More.

The government's infrastructure adviser's first draft infrastructure assessment reveals that the body is to explore developing new mechanisms to capture land value uplift, and urges 'some degree' of high-density development around infrastructure hubs in the green belt. More.

The forthcoming London Plan will aim to provide for 66,000 homes per annum - 17,000 more than the existing version of the document aims to deliver. More.

The communities secretary has approved plans for 108 homes on a green field site at Yapton in West Sussex after he concluded that the development's conflict with an adopted neighbourhood plan was overridden by a 'severe' housing shortage in the area. More.

The Prime Minister has outlined plans to see local authorities, developers and housing associations all 'stepping up to play their part' in increasing the supply of housing, a statement from Downing Street has said. More.

The government's infrastructure advisor has published the final design concepts put together by four teams who were shortlisted in a competition to develop ideas for the future development of the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor. More.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has approved plans for a 385-home mixed-use development in Wandsworth after the scheme's applicant increased its affordable housing provision to 35 per cent following a 'robust interrogation' of its viability appraisal by City Hall officers. More.

The urban design skills and capacity within local planning authorities are 'woefully low and declining' and the gap is not being filled by local design review panels, a report based on a survey of English councils has revealed. More.

The leader of Westminster City Council has warned that the deselection of Labour Party councillors and their replacement with 'very left wing candidates' could have a major impact on regeneration schemes in the capital. More.


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