10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that an analysis by the consultancy Savills has said that nine local authorities are expected to lose planning control as a result of severe underperformance on the government's housing delivery test this year and up to one in seven in 2020.

New homes:  delivery test applies sanctions to councils in areas that fail to meet local housing delivery target
New homes: delivery test applies sanctions to councils in areas that fail to meet local housing delivery target

Introduced last year, the housing delivery test applies sanctions to local authorities in areas that fail to meet local housing delivery targets. More.

A planning consultant has failed in a High Court bid to prevent a council from correcting a map error that had suggested that land he owns had been deleted from the green belt, after a judge ruled that his efforts were "misguided". More.

A Berkshire council has removed 22 housing sites from its draft local plan and reduced the amount of development allocated on green belt land amid a raft of changes made in response to concerns raised by a planning inspector. More.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has backed changes to the tax system that would equally divide uplifts in the value of land generated by planning permission between landowners and the public purse. More.

A planning permission for a wind turbine breached legal principles intended to ensure that planning decisions were only influenced by land use matters, and not wider community benefits unrelated to the use of the land, the Supreme Court today ruled. More.

A decision to allow a barn-to-home prior approval conversion close to the runway of a Leicestershire gliding club has been declared unlawful by the High Court because the council failed to properly consider safety and noise concerns. More.

Councillors have given the green light to an 87-hectare business and energy park on the edge of Hull, despite officers recommending that the scheme be refused because of its conflict with the local plan. More.

More than 240,000 additional homes were built in England last year, the highest figure since records began in 1991/2 and eclipsing the previous housing delivery peak in 2007/08, according to the latest government data. More.

A pledge to "put the voices of local people at the heart of planning" and a requirement that "the climate and environmental emergency to be factored into all planning decisions" made by councils have been included in the Labour Party 2019 election manifesto. More.

The Liberal Democrats' 2019 election manifesto has pledged to scrap office-residential permitted development rights and "reform planning to ensure developers are required to provide essential local infrastructure". More.


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