Budget 2014

Budget 2014: the sector reacts

Budget 2014: the sector reacts

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Council leaders meet minister to urge reduction in 'flawed' local housing need numbers

A group of council leaders and chief executives from a South East county have met the housing minister to raise concerns about "flaws" in the government's standard housing need methodology with the aim of reducing the number of homes they are required to build.

High Court blocks challenge to DfT road investment strategy after finding 'no requirement to meet net zero'

The High Court has blocked an environmental campaign group's bid to overturn the government's adoption of its £27.4 billion road investment strategy (RIS), after a judge found there was no policy or legal requirement for all road transport to meet net zero carbon targets and any resulting carbon emissions from the strategy would be "legally insignificant".

MHCLG launches consultation on OxCam spatial framework with pledge to 'meet housing need in full'

The government has published the first public consultation on its emerging Oxford-Cambridge Arc spatial framework, with pledges to meet housing need in the area "in full" while ensuring the natural environment is "protected, restored, and improved".

How the government’s infrastructure levy rethink is set to affect applicants and authorities

The government has backpedalled on its proposal for a national flat-rate infrastructure levy. But its latest signals could herald the elimination of section 106 developer contributions and mandatory levies for all councils, say commentators.

Government decarbonisation plan accepts need for roads planning review that Shapps had previously rejected

The government says it will “review its strategic planning policy on national transport networks” in light of policies set out in its transport decarbonisation plan, published yesterday.

Pincher drops commitment to one million homes in Oxbridge arc

Housing minister Christopher Pincher has stepped back from a 2017 government commitment to build one million homes by 2050 in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, saying that the Arc is "not about housebuilding" but economic development.

High Court rejects claim that government has breached undertaking to address water pollution

A High Court judge has accepted that progress towards addressing pollution of England's water bodies from agriculture "has been much slower than expected", but has dismissed a claim by campaign groups that the government bodies responsible had failed to fulfil their obligations.

Jenrick ‘keen on wild belts idea’

Reports of government support for a possible new land designation leads our roundup of the latest news.

‘Spike in investors lured into buying plots with no chance of planning permission’

Two stories on the ongoing housing boom and its consequences plus a report on plans for a 1,400-home greenfield scheme feature in our roundup of the latest news.

‘Developer of ex-hospital site seeks to reduce social housing over cost of exhuming bodies'

Reports of a developer of a former hospital site claiming that the cost of exhuming bodies has increased project viability and of a row between rival promoters over allocations in a draft Sussex local plan feature in today's newspaper roundup.