10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that property firm Knight Frank is recruiting 14 planners to form a new town planning consultancy team at its London headquarters.

The new Knight Frank planning team
The new Knight Frank planning team

The firm has announced that its planning team, previously based at its Bristol office, will now work out of its Baker Street office in central London. More.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has revealed that the forthcoming Accelerated Planning Green Paper has been upgraded to a white paper and promised that the document would deliver "radical reform" of the planning system. More.

The government has revised an East Sussex council's housing delivery test result after the authority launched a High Court challenge to the figures and Whitehall officials concluded that "unique circumstances" existed to justify amending them. More.

A planning inspector has allowed an appeal for 266 homes in York's green belt after finding the "very special circumstances" necessary to justify approval, including the city council's lack of a five-year housing land supply. More.

Revised plans for a 1,700-home community in Bicester in Oxfordshire have been given the green light by Cherwell District Council. More.

All development corporations could get plan-making and development control powers under new proposals from the government to revise the rules around how such bodies operate. More.

The government's housing agency has announced the agreement of funding deals worth £38.2 million with six councils to speed up the delivery of at least 2,072 homes across the country. More.

The government has launched a £10 million fund to help councils develop proposals for up to ten "new communities" across England using development corporations, while announcing the creation of a new development corporation at a planned High Speed Two (HS2) rail hub in the East Midlands. More.

A Suffolk council has backed a reduced annual housing target in its emerging local plan that is almost 10 per cent lower than the requirement in its current strategy after applying the government's standard housing need method. More.

The London Borough of Croydon is considering releasing green belt land for 5,350 new homes in a review of its local plan in order to accommodate a 40 per cent hike in its annual housing need figure. More.

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