10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the housing minister has warned local authorities not to 'take their foot off the accelerator' following the publication of new household projections that indicate a much lower level of housing need in many parts of the country.

Housing development: minister warns councils about cutting projections
Housing development: minister warns councils about cutting projections

Speaking yesterday at a Conservative Party Conference fringe event on home ownership organised by the ConservativeHome website, Kit Malthouse also revealed that the government is considering looking at whether the projections mask pent-up demand by basing their figures on a period of low household growth. More.

The government is to consult on a new permitted development right to allow property owners to extend their buildings upwards, and there will be new guidance "to give more certainty for communities when land is needed to make a new town a reality", the housing secretary James Brokenshire has announced. More.

A north London council has failed to overturn a Crown Court decision to block an enforcement action that the judge said had the 'improper motive' of gaining 'financial advantage' by means of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). More.

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the government should have given reasons for its refusal to call in plans for the controversial Paddington Cube scheme in London, in a decision that heritage campaigners said will "resonate through the planning system". More.

A development company has submitted a formal complaint to a North Yorkshire council about comments made by its cabinet member for planning in relation to development proposals. More.

New household projections that project a much lower rate of growth than previously expected has meant some authorities without an up-to-date local plan now meet the required five-year housing land supply, consultants have said. More.

The government has received about 14 responses from councils in the Oxford-to-Cambridge corridor keen to promote new settlements following a call for expressions of interest, the housing minister has revealed. More.

A proposed 3,000-home development straddling the boundary of two London councils has been approved by the capital's planning chief. He intervened when one of the two local authorities refused an application for a key part of the scheme within its boundary, against a recommendation for approval from planners. More.

The housing minister has said that he would consider further measures to boost local authority planning team resources if it "becomes clear" that they are constraining development. More.

The communities secretary has refused plans that would have seen the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre near Bristol almost double in size, after he concluded that there was a sequentially preferable site for such a scheme in the centre of the city. More.


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