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Why the housing minister has told a council whose plan has just been found sound to focus on brownfield development

Why the housing minister has told a council whose plan has just been found sound to focus on brownfield development

The housing minister's response to a Nottinghamshire council's plan to release green belt land for growth illustrates ministers' concerns about green belt development and their desire to see authorities exhaust brownfield options first, say experts. But it also serves as a reminder that authorities often face little option but to release green belt land to meet their housing need, they add.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a local authority in Bedfordshire has accused two planning inspectors of withholding crucial correspondence in relation to its local plan examination after the inspectors raised "serious concerns" about aspects of the document.

Plans approved for 6,000-home Hampshire garden village

Plans approved for 6,000-home Hampshire garden village

Plans for a 6,000-home garden village have been approved by a Hampshire council after officers advised of "numerous and significant" benefits arising from the scheme.

Plans submitted for 8km Cumbria link road to unlock 10,000-home garden village

Plans submitted for 8km Cumbria link road to unlock 10,000-home garden village

A planning application has been submitted for a new 8km link road intended to help deliver a 10,000-home garden village scheme in Cumbria.

Government reverses position on 50MW NSIP threshold for energy storage projects

Government reverses position on 50MW NSIP threshold for energy storage projects

The government has u-turned on plans to retain the 50MW threshold above which planning applications for energy storage projects are required to be considered under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

Planning lessons from the Commonwealth, by Cliff Hague

Some excellent, imaginative planning is being done in several Commonwealth countries.

Legal Viewpoint: Relief and despair in court ruling on scheme revisions

In 1066, King Harald Hardrada won the Battle of Fulford before being beaten by King Harold at Stamford Bridge. In 2007, planning permission was granted for up to 700 houses on the alleged site and battle resumed, this time between the developers and the local parish council.

Is the government's approach to housing numbers a step too far, asks Catriona Riddell

Wokingham Borough Council recently consulted its residents on whether the local authority should accept the government's housing target of more than 800 new homes each year. The response was, not surprisingly, an overwhelming "no".

Starter home policy may not be quite as ready to go as the government thinks, by Joey Gardiner

August's announcement by housing secretary Robert Jenrick of new rules around shared ownership housing was significant for the wider policy hints it contained.

Government's Yellowhammer documents barely consider regional impacts of a no-deal Brexit, by Cliff Hague

The Operation Yellowhammer report has been prised into the public realm, setting out the government's "reasonable worst case planning assumptions" for a No-Deal Brexit on 31 October, as they were on 2 August.

Is this the end of the line for HS2, by Angus Walker

In furtherance of a pledge made by Boris Johnson during his leadership campaign, the government has launched a review of HS2. Does that mean it is the beginning of the end of the project?

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Growth and Infrastructure Act: a primer

Growth and Infrastructure Act: a primer

On 6 September 2012 the government announced a fresh wave of planning reforms aimed at stimulating the housing market and driving economic growth. This page collates all the key events as details on the reforms.