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 'to be banned from investing in commercial property'

Reports that the Treasury "is poised to ban local authorities from buying up investment property" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Pandemic 'is killing the attraction of megacities'

A claim that the coronavirus pandemic "is killing the attraction of megacities" features in today's newspaper round-up.

Councils 'will have to axe all planning work if £10bn budget black hole is not plugged'

A report on research claiming that councils will have to "end all planning and building control work" if a £10 billion "black hole" in their finances caused by the coronavirus pandemic is not plugged features in today's newspaper round-up.

DfT's push for more walking and cycling space 'likely to boost sustainable local plan policies'

A government move to encourage councils to reallocate road space for walking and cycling will bolster the implementation of local plan policies designed to encourage sustainable transport and tackle climate change, the Planning Officers Society (POS) has said.

Local Plan Watch: Hart adopts local plan after boosting housing target

A Hampshire council has adopted its local plan after making a series of changes recommended by a planning inspector, including a nine per cent increase to its housing target and dropping a policy supporting a 5,000-home new settlement.

Go-ahead for latest Woodberry Down phase despite affordable housing shortfall

An east London council has approved plans for a 584-home phase of a wider estate regeneration scheme, despite the proposals not meeting the authority's affordable housing target.

2020 UK housing delivery 'to slip below post 2008 financial crash levels'

A report on research showing that the supply of new private houses across the UK this year "is set to drop below the low point in the aftermath of the global financial crisis" features in today's newspaper round-up.

Property firm accused of 'misuse and abuse' of the legal process in efforts to secure office-to-resi PD consent

A High Court judge has accused a property firm of "misuse and abuse" of the legal process in its efforts to secure consent for an office-to-residential permitted development (PD) conversion in south London because it lodged an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate at the same time as it pursued action through the courts.

How the coronavirus is hitting jobs and order books in top planning consultancies

As the pandemic tightens its grip on the economy, planning consultancies report that they are taking urgent steps to bolster their businesses, including managing staffing levels in line with workloads. But work on infrastructure projects remains steady, they add.

Why the latest population estimates threaten government housing targets

Population projections for England published last month reveal variations in the rate and distribution of growth that will have major implications for the way housing numbers are handled by local authorities, commentators are suggesting.