10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the Conservative Party manifesto has promised that councils would be given powers to use developer contributions to discount new homes for "local people" by a third, while infrastructure would have to be provided in new developments before any housing is occupied.

Housing: key election battleground
Housing: key election battleground

The document suggested that the discounted homes proposal would offer more homes to local families who cannot afford to buy in their areas. More.

Planning has published an article looking at the key planning-related measures in the main parties’ manifestos which can be read here.

Plans to construct up to 55 new homes on open pastureland between two Berkshire villages and outside their settlement boundaries have been given the green light by a High Court judge. More.

A planning inspector has cited concerns over traffic flows to refuse permission for land promoter Gladman Developments' 240-home proposed scheme on an unallocated greenfield site in Nottinghamshire. More.

Plans for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway have been thrown into doubt after transport secretary Grant Shapps said a Conservative government would place the project under review. More.

Jason Longhurst, director of regeneration and business at Central Bedfordshire Council, will leave the authority in April next year, it has been announced. More.

A Cumbrian council is consulting on whether to adopt a local plan target of 32 homes per year based on the government's standard housing need method - a number that equates to less than a quarter of its average annual housing delivery rate over the past ten years. More.

A London borough is to consult on a draft version of its local plan that would see it's housing target almost double from current levels. More.

Affordable housing completions across England hit a four-year high in 2018/19 although the delivery of social rented homes declined in the past year, the latest government figures have revealed. More.

A London borough has approved plans for the demolition of a 225-home housing association estate and its replacement with 990 new homes. More.

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