Twelve local authorities across England have been awarded a total of £55 million by housing agency Homes England to prepare sites for the development of 4,000 homes.
The National Planning Summit, organised by Planning, was held in central London earlier this week. Here are seven key things we learned from the event.
Updated guidance on viability has further clarified the way land values are assessed, say practitioners, but will throw up both benefits and challenges for councils and developers.
Three councils in Devon have been awarded £750,000 by the government to develop plans for a 20,000-home 'garden community' in and around Exeter.
The new government requirement for planning authorities to collect data about developer contributions in a standard format will help councils to test developers' viability claims at an earlier stage in the process, according to a senior figure at the government-backed body charged with incubating businesses aiming to improve city life.
Backbench MPs last year concluded that there was a shortfall in the supply of specialist homes for older people.
New guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) reinforces the message in recent planning guidance revisions that new school places necessitated by development should be funded through developer contributions.
Just before Christmas, the government issued draft regulations for amending the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the charge that councils can apply to development, and the broader developer contributions system (see News Analysis p09).
This month's Commons housing, communities and local government select committee land value capture inquiry report highlights ways the planning system can anticipate and recover the costs of infrastructure needed to deliver growth.
- Principal Planning Consultant (Policy) Capita Manchester/Salford (North West) or Breckland or North Tyneside or Barnet (North London)
- Planning Specialists - Development Management Lewis Davey Taunton, Somerset West
- Planning Officer Plymouth City Council Plymouth, Devon
- Principal Major Developments Officer Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
- Senior Planning Enforcement Officer London Borough of Lambeth Lambeth, London (Greater)
Local authorities in the South West accounted for more than half of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedules adopted last year, according to figures recorded by Planning.
What are the implications for councils and developers of the introduction of the second iteration of the London mayor's community infrastructure levy, asks Adam Branson.
The government has called on councils to produce public statements setting out their infrastructure requirements, anticipated funding from developer contributions, and the choices that have been made about how those contributions will be used.
New planning guidance on the community infrastructure levy encourages local authorities to make better use of existing powers to come together and pool receipts for cross-boundary strategic infrastructure projects, say commentators.