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Developer contributions in England rose by £1 billion over the past two years

Developer contributions in England rose by £1 billion over the past two years

The total value of developer contributions agreed annually across England rose by £1bn between 2016/17 and 2018/19, although London saw a "sharp decline", according to new statistics published by the MHCLG.

What we know about the government’s planned Environmental Impact Assessment changes

What we know about the government’s planned Environmental Impact Assessment changes

The government says it will soon propose changes to the process by which the effect on nature of proposed major developments is spelt out for decision-makers. Earlier findings, increased consistency and nationwide data collection are among the aims. But some commentators fear potential reductions in environmental protection.

How the planning White Paper would change ... design controls

How the planning White Paper would change ... design controls

One of the “pillars” of the government's White Paper on planning, published yesterday, is the need to ensure “planning for beautiful and sustainable places” in English towns and cities.

Planning White Paper proposes merger of CIL and s106 systems for securing developer infrastructure contributions

Planning White Paper proposes merger of CIL and s106 systems for securing developer infrastructure contributions

The existing community infrastructure levy (CIL) and section 106 planning obligations systems could be merged to create a new 'Infrastructure Levy', with any payments due under the new system linked to the final value of a development, the government's Planning for the Future consultation has revealed.

Government proposes removing cap on increases in councils' housing need identified by standard method

Government proposes removing cap on increases in councils' housing need identified by standard method

Local authorities will be expected to take into account levels of existing housing stock and changes in affordability over time when calculating housing need, as part of a wide-ranging package of planning reforms proposed by the government today.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

Why financial, political and placemaking realities mean council mergers are about to increase, by Catriona Riddell

Councils in Surrey recently announced that they were aiming to move from the current two-tier structure with eleven districts and one county council to unitary status, possibly one council, possibly two – that bit is still up for debate.

Time for radical reform? by Angus Walker

As we tentatively take steps towards easing the lockdown and returning to normality, there has been quite a lot of talk about using that return as an opportunity for more radical changes to the planning system.

In answer to ‘Build, build, build’, ask ‘what, what, what?’, by Cliff Hague

Prime Minister Johnson does not do detail. “Build, build, build” may turn out to be another of his winning threeword slogans, but it stops some way short of being a national spatial plan.

Legal Viewpoint: Why ministerial decision was rendered unlawful by appearance of bias

On 21 May this year, housing secretary Robert Jenrick accepted that his decision of 14 January granting planning permission for redevelopment of the Westferry Printworks site on the Isle of Dogs was unlawful because of the appearance of bias.

Zoning will only work if implementing a wider vision, by Catriona Riddell

It will be thirty years this month since I started as a graduate planner. During the decades I have experienced lots of changes to the system, all of which aimed to deliver a faster and fairer approach to planning.

Why Jenrick's acceptance of 'apparent bias' in his decision-making matters, by Richard Garlick

The secretary of state for housing is the most senior decision-maker in the planning system, outside of the courts. For him to accept that one of his decisions should be quashed on grounds of his own “apparent bias” is an extremely serious matter.

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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.