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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National Audit Office 'publishes damning report on HS2 delays and soaring costs'

News of a 'damning' report by Parliament's spending watchdog on the High Speed Two (HS2) project, which found that it was running a decade late with a total cost unknown, features in today's newspaper round-up.

What to expect in the Planning White Paper

While the government has revealed some details of the likely content of the long-awaited Planning White Paper, observers suggest that it could contain some more radical proposals, including a possible relaxation of green belt protection rules in certain areas.

East London man fined £15,000 after 15-year planning wrangle

A householder has been fined £15,000 for building an unlawful extension to his East London property without permission, following a 15-year planning wrangle.

Plans submitted for 1,600-home Northampton urban extension

Plans have been submitted for a 1,600-home development on a 79.5-hectare site on the north eastern edge of Northampton.

Go-ahead for 2,300-home Staffs power station redevelopment

Two Staffordshire councils have approved plans for a 2,300-home development on a 139-hectare former power station site, in line with recommendations from planners in both authorities.

High Court grants unincorporated Leeds residents group right to challenge city's site allocations plan

The High Court has ruled that a former neighbourhood planning forum of Leeds residents has the legal standing required to challenge a crucial part of the city's development plan, rejecting the local authority's arguments that as an unincorporated body it had no right to do so.

Wirral axes local plan green belt releases in favour of brownfield push

A Merseyside council whose local plan preparation progress is under Whitehall scrutiny has published a new draft strategy that scraps previous proposals to release 48 green belt sites and instead aims to focus new housing development on brownfield land.

West Suffolk approves 375-home greenfield scheme despite air base noise worries

A Suffolk authority has given the green light to long-running plans for 375 homes on a greenfield site, despite a parish council's concerns about the impact of noise from a nearby RAF air base.

West of England joint spatial strategy in doubt as councils line up to withdraw

North Somerset Council has voted to withdraw from the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), with two of the three remaining authorities involved in preparing the document lining up to follow suit.

Government chief planner Steve Quartermain to step down

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government chief planner Steve Quartermain has given notice of his intention to retire from the post.