10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the communities secretary Sajid Javid is set to take control of plan making at 15 local authorities that have failed to make progress on their local plans.

The communities secretary Sajid Javid
The communities secretary Sajid Javid

Saying his "patience has run out" with local authorities that had failed to get plans in place despite repeated deadlines, Javid said he was commencing action to remove their plan-making powers to prevent them "failing the people they serve." More.

More than 217,000 homes were added to England's housing stock in 2016/17, with nearly 18,000 of those facilitated through office-to-residential permitted development rights, according to official figures. More.

A Planning analysis set out which authorities could face sanctions under the housing white paper's housing delivery test. More.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has stepped in to prevent a Hertfordshire authority from adopting its draft local plan following a request from a local MP. More.

There has been an 82 per cent increase in the number of homes approved in England's 34 areas of outstanding natural beauty since 2012, a study by countryside campaigners has found. More.

A North Yorkshire man has been convicted of fraud offences after a local council complained that he had attempted to subvert a planning process. More.

A Dorset council is looking to reduce the number of homes it is planning for following the publication of the government's consultation on a standard methodology for objectively assessed need (OAN). More.

A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal against a Cheshire council's refusal of plans for 400 homes, despite recognising that the council's ability to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply was 'marginal and, potentially, in doubt'. More.

Guildford Borough Council is set to submit its local plan for examination after officers warned that a delay could see the authority face higher housing requirements under the government's proposed standard method for assessing housing need. More.

A High Court judge has ruled that a London council acted unfairly in its consultation over changes to a planning application for the redevelopment of a creative business 'cluster' into a mixed-use scheme. More.


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