10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government has published its much-anticipated proposed changes to its new standard housing need method.

The MHCLG offices in central Lomdon
The MHCLG offices in central Lomdon

In a consultation published last Friday, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) also announced that it intends to publish a new version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to accommodate the proposed changes. More.

Planning summarised five key proposals in the consultation that you need to know. More.

The government intends to modify national planning policy to take into account a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling this spring that has caused uncertainty over the rules regarding assessment of the impact of projects and plans on key wildlife sites. More.

The government has proposed introducing new permitted development (PD) rights allowing commercial buildings to be demolished and redeveloped as housing and high street properties to be converted to other uses. More.

The government is to change the planning gain system in a bid to give developers and councils more certainty while enabling localities to capture a greater share of increased land values for spending on infrastructure and affordable housing. More.

The government should introduce a "new planning framework" requiring diversity of housing types on large sites to speed up delivery, according to yesterday's Letwin Review. More.

Two West Midlands councils have paused work on their joint local plan because they say it is "not possible to determine" the document's housing need figure until the government's consultation on the revised standard method is completed. More.

Outline plans for 1,500 homes on the final major site making up Bicester's garden town proposals have been granted planning permission. More.

A Norfolk council has formally voted not to support proposals for a 10,000-home garden town after planners advised that the scheme would "jeopardise the integrity" of its emerging local plan. More.

A plan to "significantly increase" housing delivery across the South East and to provide "additional professional skills capacity" for councils are among the goals in a new five-year strategy published by the government's housing agency. More.

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