10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that draft regulations providing for a 20 per cent increase in planning application fees in England have been laid before Parliament.

Parliament: fees rise regulations laid
Parliament: fees rise regulations laid

The February housing white paper had promised that local planning authorities in England could raise fees by 20 per cent from July as long as they were ring-fenced to fund planning teams, but the government failed to lay the necessary regulations before Parliament prior to the summer recess. More.

An analysis has found that the introduction of the government's proposed standard methodology for assessing housing need could see nearly 100 authorities lose their five-year housing land supply positions. More. 

Developer St Modwen intends to take its fight to build up to 510 homes at a site in Yorkshire to the Supreme Court, after the Court of Appeal yesterday backed a ministerial decision blocking the proposals. More.

Housebuilders are waiting an average of more than four years from when they are granted detailed planning permission to completing a home, according to a new industry report. More.

The delivery of large housing developments should lead to improvements in general housing market affordability but this requires a 'strategic' approach to planning, a report has concluded. More.

A north London businessman who used parked cars as advertising billboards has been fined and ordered to remove the vehicles following a successful prosecution by the London Borough of Barnet's enforcement team. More.

Strategic roads body Highways England has confirmed that it is looking at bringing forward around 30 applications for major road projects between now and 2020 under the development consent order (DCO) process for major infrastructure schemes. More.

Underdelivery of new homes could hamper economic growth and regeneration ambitions for the Cardiff city-region, planning consultants in the area have warned. More.

Plans have been approved for up to 800 homes, a strategic employment site and a new country park on a 150-hectare former colliery site in Nottinghamshire, after planners concluded that a non-policy compliant level of affordable housing is acceptable. More.

Plans for a major mixed-use development, including 2,675 homes, have been approved at the 141-hectare former Filton Airfield site on Bristol's northern fringe. More.


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