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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Local Plan Watch: Local authorities progress with joint plans

Three councils in Devon adopted a joint plan in March, the latest in a series of collaborative planning documents to become policy.

Is Wirral Council finally getting serious about plan-making?

Faced with the threat of government intervention, Wirral Council has published its action plan for improving its tardy plan-making. The plan shows no evidence of willingness to review the green belt, and reveals that the council's plan production timetable has slipped again. But it also discloses significant recruitment of officers and advisers, and a pledge to meet housing need as calculated by the government's standard method.

Planners back 2,850-home Thurrock brownfield scheme

Plans for 2,850 homes and a 135,000 square metre film studio complex on a 63 hectare brownfield site in Essex have been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Robbie Williams 'in fresh planning fight over underground extension plans'

Reports that pop star Robbie Williams is "challenging a council about his application to build a huge underground extension over the objections of his rock star neighbour Jimmy Page, despite the council having approved the request four months ago" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

How Greater Manchester lost £68m in government infrastructure funding

The decision by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to reduce the housing target for the city has seen the government pull £68m of infrastructure funding pledged as part of a housing deal, in a move which will have implications for other cities.

Northampton allocates 81 new sites for 4,750 homes in draft local plan

Councillors in Northampton have endorsed a draft local plan that proposes allocating 81 new sites for 4,750 homes and stepping up housing delivery levels to tackle a shortfall against adopted joint core strategy targets.

Cornwall Council approves 6km St Austell link road

Cornwall Council has given the go-ahead for a 6.2km link road between St Austell and the A30, after officers said the scheme would support new housing development and regeneration in the county as well as deliver "significant environmental benefits".

Local Plan Watch: Councils turn to green belt release to meet housing delivery expectations

Three local authorities with local plans either recently approved or published for consultation have proposed the release of green belt land to accommodate thousands of homes.

Why revised call-in stance may not lift legal challenge threat

The housing secretary's declaration that he will no longer publish reasons why he has decided to call in planning applications may not necessarily deter legal challenges, say observers.

Harlow office block PD housing conversion 'has caused huge spike in crime'

A claim that an office block in an Essex town which was turned into housing under permitted development (PD) right changes and is used to home people placed there by councils in London is "frightening" for residents and has caused a huge spike in crime and anti-social behaviour features in today's media round-up.