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Homes England reports rise in annual starts and completions

Homes England reports rise in annual starts and completions

The government's housing delivery body for England has seen the number of housing starts rise to its highest level in nine years, but starts on homes for social rent fell by 12 per cent, according to the latest figures.

Plans submitted for 1,100-home west London estate redevelopment

Plans submitted for 1,100-home west London estate redevelopment

Plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of part of a post-war housing estate in west London to create over 1,100 new homes.

Hertfordshire councillors reject 'policy compliant' plans for 270-home mixed-use scheme

Hertfordshire councillors reject 'policy compliant' plans for 270-home mixed-use scheme

Plans for 268 homes and 1,405 square metres of office space at Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire have been rejected, despite officers' advice that the proposed scheme was policy compliant and should be approved.

Judge overturns Brokenshire's 200-home refusal for 'inadequate' land supply reasoning

Judge overturns Brokenshire's 200-home refusal for 'inadequate' land supply reasoning

A High Court judge has overturned a secretary of state refusal of 203 homes in a case that commentators say has 'important implications' for decision-makers considering whether the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) 'tilted balance' applies.

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Legal Viewpoint: Testing the wind on need for appropriate assessment

Legal Viewpoint: Testing the wind on need for appropriate assessment

Last month, the High Court considered applications by councils in Kent and Hampshire to quash planning permissions granted by the secretary of state for developments in their areas.

How the new daylight standard impacts on planning

How the new daylight standard impacts on planning

More precise Europe-wide rules on assessing daylight and sunlight levels in new developments have just come into force, but observers warn it may increase scope for challenges and create tensions with national policy.

What the new requirement for councils to publish infrastructure funding statements means for you

What the new requirement for councils to publish infrastructure funding statements means for you

A new requirement for councils to produce and maintain statements detailing developer contributions funding and spending will place new burdens on them, observers predict, but will also present opportunities for both authorities and applicants.

Why the proportion of new homes being built on brownfield land is falling

Why the proportion of new homes being built on brownfield land is falling

New government figures show a fall last year in the proportion of previously-used land used for new housing. Experts say a lack of central government targets may explain the drop and fear that recent policy changes may make it harder for councils to boost brownfield housing levels.


Policy Briefings

Briefing: What are the future prospects for the modular homes industry?

Briefing: What are the future prospects for the modular homes industry?

The modular homes industry is likely to accelerate and planning policy is starting to acknowledge its role, writes Isobel McGeever.

Policy Summary: Welsh government's interim response to review of planning legislation

Policy Summary: Welsh government's interim response to review of planning legislation

POLICY: Interim response to the Law Commission report on planning law in Wales.

Briefing: How councils are approaching housing delivery test action plans

Briefing: How councils are approaching housing delivery test action plans

The response of local authorities required to produce a plan because of housing delivery under- performance is explained by Richard Crawley.

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