10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that more than a third of London boroughs will see their annual housing targets at least double under the new London Plan.

London mayor Sadiq Khan
London mayor Sadiq Khan

London mayor Sadiq Khan has outlined new housing need figures for the next London Plan following a city-wide strategic housing market assessment (SHMA). More.

The High Court has ruled that ministers should have released documents to back up a claim that adopted neighbourhood plans were delivering 10 per cent more housing than those planned for by the relevant local planning authority. More.

Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has defended the proposed standardised housing need methodology's focus on increasing housing delivery in the least affordable areas, arguing against a claim that the method would simply increase pressure on already 'maxed-out' areas in the South. More.

An inspector has found 'shortfalls' in the provisions of a joint plan drawn up by three Gloucestershire authorities, but said that the document should be adopted now subject to an immediate partial review in order to reduce 'ad-hoc, unplanned development'. More.

Viability assessments have been used to cut affordable provision in developments in 11 council areas across England by almost 80 per cent over the past year, housing charity Shelter has claimed. More.

A social enterprise that will place planners in strategic roles within local authorities in London and the South East has launched today with the aim of shaping places for the public good. More.

A planning inspector has flagged 'significant concerns' over a Yorkshire council's housing delivery proposals in its draft local plan. More.

Plans for a major mixed-use development in Aylesbury, featuring employment uses and a key part of a new ring road for the town, have been approved. More.

A national park authority has said it has written to landowners, developers, builders and planning consultancies to flag up its adoption of a 'more flexible' local plan last year. More.

Plans have been approved for the first 489-home phase of a 1,400-home regeneration scheme at Rochester in Kent, after planners concluded that the benefits of the scheme would outweigh 'limited adverse impacts'. More.


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