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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CIL Watch: Drop in levy examinations, reports show

The number of community infrastructure levy (CIL) examinations has dropped sharply in recent years, the latest figures from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) show.

Why extended appeal times are causing problems for applicants

Despite improvements in handling times for all categories of planning appeals, the latest figures from the Planning Inspectorate have left the sector unpersuaded that the system is producing results fast enough.

Planning cuts and public suspicion hampering council-led housebuilding, says report

Local authority-led housebuilding could deliver more than 37,000 homes across London over the next five years, but factors including stretched planning team resources and public suspicion are hampering its progress, a report has said.

Threatened Wirral Council 'prepared to release huge areas of green belt to meet government targets'

A claim that a Merseyside council threatened with central government intervention is prepared to release "huge areas" of green belt land features in today's newspaper round-up.

What Kit Malthouse's appointment as housing minister means for planning

Amid widespread discontent over the rapid turnover of housing ministers under Theresa May's administration, the latest incumbent to take on the post is a strong advocate of local control over planning matters with long experience of local government.

Brokenshire defends 'sound' standardised methodology and confirms draft NPPF 'before summer recess'

The communities secretary James Brokenshire has defended the government's proposed new standardised housing need methodology as 'sound' and has confirmed his intention to publish a final version of the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 'before summer recess'.

Thanet Council votes to reallocate proposed Manston Airport homes

Thanet District Council is set to leave open the possibility of reopening Manston Airport by reallocating 2,500 homes originally earmarked for the site in its emerging local plan.

Why government has gone quiet on special measures designations

The government has not yet confirmed that it will impose sanctions on councils deemed to be underperforming in their handling of applications for planning permission.

Appeal court overturns consent for Northumberland green belt home with 'depressingly protracted planning history'

An appeal court judge has lamented a proposed Northumberland home's 'depressingly protracted planning history' after he quashed a permission for the scheme on the grounds that the local authority had failed to adequately explain its reasons for approving it.

Political wrangling 'deterring UK infrastructure investment'

Reports that 'uncertainties caused by political wrangling are deterring major UK-based infrastructure investors from backing local projects' feature in today's newspaper round-up.