Planning for Housing 2018: news round-up

All the key stories to emerge from the 2018 Planning for Housing conference.

Government property experts are keen to work with local authorities to explore how rationalisation of public land assets can help deliver homes, a Cabinet Office official told delegates. More. 

Development management processes such as application validation and fee calculation should be done by computers to help speed the planning process and allow planners to focus on "more complex decision-making", the conference was told. More. 

A borough whose housing requirement has trebled under the new new draft London Plan will find it "very challenging" to meet their new target, its strategic planning chief told the conference. More. 

Reduced housing need arising from the latest household projections could have "a fundamental impact" on whether councils can demonstrate exceptional circumstances for green belt changes, the conference was told. More. 

Some local authorities are charging individuals up to £300 to join self-build registers, a task force chief has claimed, as he warned that high fees were suppressing demand from people wanting to build their own homes. More. 

Councils need to make more use of compulsory purchase order powers to deliver new housing in urban areas, a development corporation chief told the Planning for Housing conference. More.

Further details on revisions to the method of calculating local housing need are expected to emerge before Christmas, a top government official said. More.

The idea that land value capture can provide a "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow" to deliver new infrastructure and housing is misguided, the head of the government's infrastructure advisory body has told the conference. More.

The Labour Party wants to put communities "at the heart" of the planning process after years of "huge deregulation" and believes that the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and section 106 systems "are no longer fit for purpose", the shadow planning minister has said. More.

The impact of the new housing delivery test combined with the new standard method of assessing housing need is likely to boost many councils' land supply positions, particularly outside London, new research revealed the conference shows. More.

The chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has warned that recruitment is an "existential threat" facing the planning system, and said a "root and branch" review aiming to speed up the appeals system is currently underway. More.

The government's latest changes to its viability assessment guidance will have the effect of "suppressing the land market", the conference was told. More.

The level of resources needed for joint strategic planning "should not be underestimated", the conference in London was told. More.

The government's reconstituted national housing agency is gearing up for "massive growth" in staff to support ministers' target of delivering 300,000 homes a year in England by the mid 2020s, according to one of its top officials. More.

Some London boroughs will be prevented from meeting their affordable housing needs if they can't take contributions from small housing sites, the conference was told. More.

Innovation in the housebuilding sector will be key to meeting the nation's housing needs in an uncertain financial climate, a panel of industry experts told the conference. More.

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