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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Ministers 'hint at easing of onshore wind restrictions'

A report that ministers have hinted that the government's 'block' on onshore wind farms could be eased features in today's newspaper round-up.

National park authority defiant despite ombudsman criticism of enforcement charging scheme

A government watchdog has criticised a national park authority for charging residents for planning enforcement work, saying the policy was introduced on "limited and uncertain grounds".

Neighbourhood Watch: Northants order is in line to be the third of its type to be approved

A rare neighbourhood development order (NDO) was in line to come into force this week, with the Broughton in Northamptonshire NDO set to become only the third to be 'made' under the Localism Act 2011.

Cumbrian council adopts 4,356-home local plan

A Cumbrian council has adopted a local plan which sets out plans for up to 242 new houses per year in the district up until 2032.

Government plans to scrutinise more tardy plan-making authorities

The government intends to broaden its programme of placing tardy plan-making authorities under close Whitehall scrutiny, a senior government official said yesterday.

'Extend Crossrail to Kent to boost Thames Gateway'

A plea from politicians and business leaders to extend Crossrail into Kent features in today's newspaper round-up.

Why a court ruling will force ministers to explain decisions

A Court of Appeal ruling over the controversial Paddington Cube scheme in central London should boost transparency around government call-in decisions, say observers.

How plan to scrap borrowing cap could boost councils' role

Plans to scrap limits on council borrowing will give local authorities a boost in meeting housing delivery targets, according to planning officers.

What Christmas deadline for standard method consultation means for applicants and authorities

Comments by the housing minister on the timing of revisions to the government's standard method of assessing housing need means that confusion surrounding the new policy's introduction is likely to continue, say practitioners.

Inspector 'severely troubled' over Aylesbury Vale local plan's Oxbridge expressway 'uncertainty'

A planning inspector examining the Aylesbury Vale local plan has warned that "further work" is needed before the document can be found sound and recommended that the housing target is increased by about 15 per cent.