Budget 2014

Budget 2014: the sector reacts

Budget 2014: the sector reacts

Planning experts react to the contents of the chancellor's famous red box below. More

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Government announces new £7.1 billion home building fund to 'unlock 860,000 homes'

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced the creation of a new £7.1 billion home building fund that aims to "unlock 860,000 homes" as well as a £4 billion "Levelling Up Fund" for investment in local infrastructure projects.

Chancellor announces £12 million extra funding next year for planning reform

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an “additional" £12 million of funding next year to take forward the government’s changes to the planning system.

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Highways England withdraws development consent order application for new Lower Thames Crossing

Government agency Highways England has withdrawn a development consent order (DCO) application for the proposed new Lower Thames Crossing just before the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) was due to decide whether to accept the project for examination.

Councils should heed 'the quiet majority' and support further low-traffic measures, says Shapps

Government support for a further rollout of low-traffic neighbourhoods leads our roundup of today's newspapers and online news.

Parliamentary watchdog warns MHCLG that Towns Fund allocations were 'opaque' and 'not impartial'

House of Commons financial watchdog the Public Accounts Committee has accused housing and communities ministers of a "lack of transparency" and appearing to be "politically motivated" in their selection criteria for allocating money from a £3.6 billion regeneration programme.

Bucks Council pulls out of Oxford-Cambridge arc local authority group

Buckinghamshire Council has withdrawn from a group of local authorities covering the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor because it says it wants to avoid having housing and economic development decisions imposed on it and has labelled the area a "false geography".

London boroughs cite funding uncertainty as chief worry in meeting planning challenges

London boroughs’ capacity in planning, urban design and other related fields has shrunk by nearly 20 per cent since 2014, leaving them poorly able to deliver the government’s proposed changes to the planning system, a survey by City Hall has found.

Competition launched to design 'town of the future' at Thamesmead

A report that a housing association has launched a competition seeking designs for "the town of the future" on a site at Thamesmead in south east London features in today's newspaper round-up.

Development consent order application submitted for new Lower Thames Crossing

Government agency Highways England has submitted a development consent order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) for the proposed new Lower Thames Crossing, which has been dubbed as the "biggest roads project of the 21st century".