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Plans approved for 3,500-home Hampshire scheme

Plans approved for 3,500-home Hampshire scheme

A Hampshire council has granted permission for a mixed-use development of up to 3,500 homes after finalising a section 106 agreement with the consortium behind the plans.

High Court backs council in row over unpaid section 106 money

High Court backs council in row over unpaid section 106 money

A High Court judge has overturned an inspector's decision to block a Nottinghamshire council from recovering section 106 funds promised as part of a planning permission granted in 1998.

How NPPF viability changes put councils in a stronger position

How NPPF viability changes put councils in a stronger position

Changes to national planning policy on viability assessments are likely to turn up the heat on applicants and strengthen the hand of local authorities, say observers.

New online planning fees payment system due to launch in September

New online planning fees payment system due to launch in September

The Planning Portal is launching a new service allowing planning applications fees to be paid online and then transferred directly to local authorities, the online planning applications service has announced.

'Targeted' green belt release could help fund Crossrail 2, says business group

'Targeted' green belt release could help fund Crossrail 2, says business group

'Targeted development in specified areas of green belt' along the route of the proposed Crossrail Two rail link could make a 'significant' contribution to the cost of the project, a report by a business lobby group has said.

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Legal Viewpoint: Decision highlights need for clear evidence on viability

Last month's High Court ruling on the Parkhurst Road development in north London has attracted wide attention.The headline planning point is that overpaying for a site, even to a government department, will not allow developers to reduce their affordable housing offer. The judgment, however, is worth reading for more than that.

Legal Viewpoint: Pooled fund held unlawful

It may be that a recent Supreme Court judgment on a dispute from north-east Scotland proves the most important case of 2017.

Ministers must tackle the corrosive impact of viability appraisal concerns, by Jamie Carpenter

Away from the main conference hall and the Prime Minister's mishap-strewn speech, one of the most compelling scenes to witness at last month's Conservative Party conference was the hard time given to the communities secretary by his own councillors over the use of viability assessments in the planning system.

The mayor's criteria for fast track schemes are testing, but not unfeasible, by Richard Garlick

Last month, while many if not most planning professionals were on holiday, London mayor Sadiq Khan published the final version of his affordable housing and viability supplementary planning guidance (SPG).

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How councils' land value capture powers should be strengthened, plus four other key National Infrastructure Assessment recommendations

How councils' land value capture powers should be strengthened, plus four other key National Infrastructure Assessment recommendations

Government advisory body the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its 30-year assessment of the UK's long-term infrastructure needs earlier this week. Here are five things you need to know about the UK's first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA).

Why court ruling may only postpone small site viability reviews

Why court ruling may only postpone small site viability reviews

Developers of small schemes in London lacking a policy-compliant level of affordable housing may have won only a temporary reprieve from a controversial viability review requirement, observers predict.

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

A bold suggestion to tax property owners near Crossrail 2 stations to pay for the project faces a number of practical challenges before it could be implemented, say experts.

How a court ruling is likely to steer debate on scheme viability

How a court ruling is likely to steer debate on scheme viability

Forthcoming revised guidance on development viability will need to steer a careful course between market values and planning policy demands, experts predict, in the wake of a key court ruling.


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