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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Joint Suffolk plan seeks to boost housing delivery by more than 30 per cent

Two Suffolk councils have published a draft joint local plan which proposes boosting housing delivery targets across the two authority areas by more than a third.

RTPI study finds sharp drop in public sector planners over past decade

The proportion of English planners working in the private sector has risen by about 50 per cent in the past decade, while thousands appear to have left the public sector to join consultancies or developers in the same period, according to research by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Ebbsfleet masterplans for 4,600 homes approved

Masterplans and design codes for 4,600 homes at two new settlements at Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent have been approved by the area's development corporation.

Inspectors recommend removal of 32 green belt housing sites from Leeds development plan

Leeds City Council is to move towards adopting its site allocations plan after inspectors approved the document on the basis that 32 green belt development sites are removed due to a reduced housing requirement for the city.

Neighbourhood Watch: Study reveals London's 'neighbourhood planning deserts'

The number of neighbourhood plans adopted in London doubled over the course of the last financial year but nine boroughs remain 'neighbourhood planning deserts' with no designated neighbourhood forums, according to a recent study.

Four planners receive honours in Queen's birthday list

Four chartered planners have been recognised in the Queen's annual birthday honours list for services to the built environment.

Welsh planning authorities 'under resourced and under-performing'

Planning authorities in Wales are under-performing, failing to engage with residents, and struggling to improve the wellbeing of communities, according to a damning report from the Welsh public sector's external watchdog.

Why contracting out planning services may be past its peak

A Somerset council has announced that it is considering paying £140,000 on agency staff to help deal with a spike in planning work, but commentators suggest that many authorities are now starting to look in-house.

What the Tory leadership contenders have in store for planning

As the crowded Tory leadership contest kicks off, we examine what the contenders to be the next Prime Minister might have said about planning and housing.

Transport secretary 'hints that parts of HS2 could be scaled back'

Reports that the transport secretary has "hinted" that parts of the High Speed Two (HS2) project "could be scaled back" feature in today's newspaper round-up.