10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from that past week, including news that the government is aiming to publish a consultation on changes to its standard method of assessing housing need before Christmas.

However, this may not be out until 24 January next year, the housing minister has said. Malthouse revealed the news in an exclusive interview with Planning. 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.

An east London mayor has criticised permitted development (PD) rights for office-to-residential conversions after plans to turn his borough's town hall into flats were approved under the policy. 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 Planning for Housing conference. More.

A planning inspector examining the Aylesbury Vale local plan has warned that "further work" is needed before the document can be found sound and recommended that the housing target is increased by about 15 per cent. More.

Plans have been approved for 600 homes and an IKEA store in Lancing, West Sussex, despite a recognition from planners that the scheme would have negative visual impacts and the proposed level of commercial development is "significantly above" that envisaged by the council's local plan. More.

A north London council and the capital's deputy mayor for housing have written an open letter to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) urging it to rewrite a key guidance document on viability in the wake of a High Court ruling on the issue earlier this year. More.

The Westminster councillor at the centre of a row over hospitality he received from property developers while acting as the chair of a planning committee has resigned after an investigation found that he had breached the authority's code of conduct. 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 shows. 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.


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