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Canterbury Council launches legal challenge to Brokenshire's 800-home approval

Canterbury Council launches legal challenge to Brokenshire's 800-home approval

Canterbury City Council has launched a legal challenge against housing secretary James Brokenshire's decision to grant permission for an 800-home development in Herne due to concerns over infrastructure funding.

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 new government figures show that the number of households in England is set to increase at an average annual rate of 159,000 over the next 25 years - a drop of almost a quarter compared to the previous estimates.

Why annual reports to fix housing land supply may have limited appeal

Why annual reports to fix housing land supply may have limited appeal

A new procedure aimed at reducing arguments over housing land supply pipelines will see limited take-up and need time to produce results, experts predict.

Local Plan Watch: Five key ways updated national guidance impacts on local plans

Local Plan Watch: Five key ways updated national guidance impacts on local plans

Last week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published an updated version of its Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) with a new section on plan-making. It includes guidance on how councils should go about meeting new requirements for cross-boundary working on strategic issues introduced by the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Analysis: New projections wipe out housing need in Oxford and Cambridge under standard method, experts say

Analysis: New projections wipe out housing need in Oxford and Cambridge under standard method, experts say

Authorities such as Oxford and Cambridge would see their entire housing requirement wiped out if the government's standard method is applied to today's new household projections, experts say.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

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.

Why we shouldn't abandon all hope (value), by Joey Gardiner

Hope value is the name attributed to value given to land by the prospect of a future planning permission - a permission that might be the difference between £10,000 per hectare agricultural value and £1m per hectare-plus residential price.

Ministers' timetable for spurring private sector housing delivery is unclear, by Richard Garlick

This coming month will see the introduction of several measures intended to put more pressure on planning authorities to help meet housing need.

Strategic planning has been key to Chinese economic development, by Cliff Hague

Governments in the UK have fretted for four decades about ways to deregulate planning so as to speed development and economic growth. If they had looked through the other end of the telescope, and asked how they could strengthen the planning system to deliver growth, the results would have been more impressive.

Growth deals must be realistic as well as ambitious, by Catriona Riddell

The word 'ambition' has been used a lot in recent months, particularly in relation to the growth deals being negotiated between the government and local authorities.

Planning must be quicker to respond to technological and market change, by Chris Brown

Regulators in the UK have several regimes to use to mitigate the negative externalities of the market and the planning system is just one.

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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.

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