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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Councils in which housing delivery is less than 95% of need will have to deliver action plans by May 2019

Councils that have failed to deliver 95 per cent of their housing need over three years will have to publish action plans within six months of the government publishing the first housing delivery test results this November, according to new draft guidance.

Why doubt increases when inspectors' advice is ignored

Experts say it is almost impossible to generalise about why the secretary of state is refusing homes applications in areas with no identified five-year housing land supply.

CIL Watch: Levy most effective on 'small, uncomplicated sites in areas of high demand', study finds

Community infrastructure levy (CIL) is most effective on 'small, uncomplicated sites in areas of high demand', according to latest government research.

West Sussex local plan must boost housing target by a fifth to be found sound

A planning inspector has recommended a West Sussex local plan for adoption, subject to a 20 per cent increase in its housing target.

Northern cities 'scarred by failed flagship developments'

Reports that a series of developments 'billed as the jewels in the crown of the Northern Powerhouse' have 'collapsed' leaving the cities 'scarred with abandoned building sites and a trail of angry investors' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

West Midlands first to strike housing deal with government

A £350 million funding deal with councils in the West Midlands will help deliver 215,000 homes in the city-region by 2031, chancellor Philip Hammond said yesterday.

Letwin identifies market absorption rates as 'fundamental' cause of slow build-outs

The 'fundamental driver' of build-out rates on large housing sites once detailed planning permission is granted is the rate at which those homes can be sold into the local market 'without materially disturbing the market price', an interim report on a government-backed review has concluded.

Council finances 'in perilous position'

Reports that councils are in a 'perilous' financial position after years of austerity feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Draft NPPF opens up development opportunities outside rural towns and villages

The new draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) could allow more development outside existing rural settlements and in locations that are not well served by public transport, alongside a new policy intended to assist retiring farmers pass farms over to their families by allowing them to build a new home on their land.

15 things you need to know about the revised NPPF

Fifteen things you need to know about the government's consultation on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).