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Homes England awards £55m to councils to unlock sites for 4,000 homes

Homes England awards £55m to councils to unlock sites for 4,000 homes

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.

Seven things we learned from the National Planning Summit

Seven things we learned from the National Planning Summit

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.

What new viability guidance means for applicants and authorities

What new viability guidance means for applicants and authorities

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.

Devon councils win funding to develop 20,000-home 'garden community' plans

Devon councils win funding to develop 20,000-home 'garden community' plans

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.

New planning obligation data standard will help councils test viability, says expert

New planning obligation data standard will help councils test viability, says expert

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.

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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).

Legal Viewpoint: Report sets new directions on infrastructure for growth

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.

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CIL Watch: South West drives levy uptake

CIL Watch: South West drives levy uptake

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 the London mayoral levy MkII means for you

What the London mayoral levy MkII means for you

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.

CIL Watch: Government urges councils to improve transparency over infrastructure funding

CIL Watch: Government urges councils to improve transparency over infrastructure funding

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.

How new CIL guidance aims to boost joint planning

How new CIL guidance aims to boost joint planning

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.


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