10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has failed to publish the results of its new housing delivery test to the November deadline set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The MHCLG offices in central London
The MHCLG offices in central London

The test was introduced in July’s revised NPPF, which said it "will apply from the day following the publication of the housing delivery test results in November 2018". More.

The housing secretary has refused permission for a 220-home, 17-storey tower in south London on design grounds, against the advice of a planning inspector. More.

Brokenshire also rejected an appeal seeking planning permission for 203 homes in Milton Keynes, against an inspector's recommendation for approval, citing concerns about the low density of the proposals. More.

The government has rejected calls for major changes to the system of capturing a proportion of the uplift in land values when planning permission is granted, saying it prefers to focus on reforming the current system of developer contributions. More.

A landlord has been fined £1.5 million under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) following a string of planning enforcement breaches across north London. More.

Development carried out under permitted development (PD) rules or on brownfield land could be exempted from proposed new mandatory biodiversity net gain requirements, a government consultation has suggested. More.

A local authority in Lancashire has been given a dressing down by an inspector after suggesting post-submission changes to its local plan. More.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has delayed publication of a 'variant' set of household growth projections that were promised when it released the original figures, which prompted a furore over their impact on calculating local housing need. More.

The mayor of Tees Valley has announced a deal to buy Durham Tees Valley Airport from a developer to prevent outline plans for 350 homes going ahead and to "make the airport great again". More.

A revised draft of Greater Manchester's emerging spatial plan will be published for consultation in January, the body tasked with producing the document has announced. More.


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