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575-home urban extension on former green belt site in Nuneaton approved

575-home urban extension on former green belt site in Nuneaton approved

Plans for a 575-home urban extension on a former green belt site in Warwickshire have been approved after a dispute between the council and the applicant over community infrastructure levy (CIL) contributions was resolved.

CIL Watch: Government updates CIL planning guidance

CIL Watch: Government updates CIL planning guidance

News that the government has updated its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) features in the latest CIL Watch update.

Five things you need to know about updated CIL guidance

Five things you need to know about updated CIL guidance

Planning practice guidance (PPG) has been updated to reflect new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regulations that came into force on 1 September. Here are five key things you need to know about the changes.

Government updates CIL guidance to give councils more flexibility when setting rates

Government updates CIL guidance to give councils more flexibility when setting rates

Councils should take into account uplifts in land value generated by planning permissions when setting Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) rates and consider bespoke charges for large-scale sites, according to updated planning practice guidance.

50 authorities progress bids for share of £1bn Future High Streets Fund

50 authorities progress bids for share of £1bn Future High Streets Fund

Fifty councils across England have been added to a shortlist to receive money from a £1 billion government fund to help "reinvent" their town centres, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced.

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Developers will pay for quality council advice to avoid expensive problems, by Richard Garlick

Our survey of the pre-application advice fees charged by English unitary authorities reveals a huge variety in the range of charges levied.

Ministers must put onus on councils to provide more homes for older people, by Richard Garlick

Backbench MPs last year concluded that there was a shortfall in the supply of specialist homes for older people.

Funding education through developer contributions will be challenging, by Richard Garlick

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.

Draft levy regulations offer clarity in some areas, complexity in others, by Richard Garlick

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).

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The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

This autumn is due to see a series of key policy developments. Colin Marrs looks ahead.

What the new housing ministerial team has in store for planning

What the new housing ministerial team has in store for planning

The arrival of a new housing secretary and housing minister may herald support for new settlements, development corporations and land value capture mechanisms, observers suggest, while their early statements indicate a focus on home ownership and continued green belt protection.

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.

CIL Watch: Brent tops table for CIL revenue raised in 2017/18

CIL Watch: Brent tops table for CIL revenue raised in 2017/18

Charging authorities raised close to half a billion pounds from the Community Infrastructure Levy in the 2017/18 financial year, according to government data, with the London Borough of Brent pulling in the highest amount of any council at £28.9 million.


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