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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Government publishes garden towns prospectus

The government has invited councils and developers to bid for support and funding to deliver 'discrete new settlements' or 'transformational' redevelopments of existing settlements, under criteria set out in its garden communities prospectus published today.

Retail park on Exeter's outskirts rejected against officer advice

Plans for a retail park on the eastern outskirts of Exeter have been refused for a second time, despite officers' recommendation that the scheme be approved.

Local Plan Watch: Government reiterates commitment to local plans

The government has confirmed its commitment to local plans in its new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), amending wording from the draft version that some observers saw as weakening the requirement for councils to plan at the local scale.

Kent council leader quits party over local plan green belt release row

Gravesham Borough Council's leader has resigned from the Conservative party amid growing disquiet over possible green belt deallocations in the authority's emerging local plan.

Nottinghamshire local plan allocates green belt sites to meet 7,250-home target

A Nottinghamshire planning authority has voted to adopt a local planning document identifying sites for 7,250 homes up to 2028, of which about a quarter would be on land removed from the green belt.

NPPF 'will allow developers to game the planning system'

Reaction to yesterday's publication of the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), including a claim that the document will allow developers to 'game' the planning system, feature in today's newspaper round-up.

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.