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Milton Keynes formally adopts 26,500-home local plan

Milton Keynes formally adopts 26,500-home local plan

Milton Keynes Council has formally adopted its local plan, which proposes the delivery of 26,500 new homes up to 2031.

How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 4: changes to planning practice guidance on housing need

Alongside the revised NPPF, key updates to planning practice guidance on housing and economic development needs assessments have also been issued. Some of the key changes are outlined below.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories of the week, including news that a local authority and a landowner have submitted plans for an 8,500-home 'garden town' in the Kent North Downs near Folkestone.

Neighbourhood Watch: Why three neighbourhood plans have been rejected in referendums

Neighbourhood Watch: Why three neighbourhood plans have been rejected in referendums

A Cheshire town has become the third area in the country to reject a proposed neighbourhood plan at a referendum, on a margin of just 22 votes.

Councils should assess evidence of unimplemented earlier consents when considering new homes, says fresh guidance

Councils should assess evidence of unimplemented earlier consents when considering new homes, says fresh guidance

Councils should assess why previous consents for major new housing schemes failed to start when considering planning applications on the same site, new national guidance states, including looking at "evidence" as to why the earlier permission was not implemented.

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Councils' strategies for housing provision are under greater scrutiny than ever, by Richard Garlick

With its revisions to planning policy and guidance for England published last month, the government is in some ways easing pressure on planning authorities in high housing growth areas to provide for more homes, and in other ways increasing it.

Planners need youthful input, by Cliff Hague

The recent international strikes by school students in protest at government inaction on climate change should reinvigorate jaded planners.

Planners must become ring masters, by Catriona Riddell

These early months of 2019 point to an increasingly uncertain future. At the macro level, planning will have to adjust to a post-Brexit world in which the availability of public funding is reduced, alongside the longstanding challenges of changing technology, climate change and an ageing population.

Ministers are not supporting willing authorities to deliver homes, by Richard Garlick

In theory at least, the government has a twin-track approach to ensuring that the required amount of homes are delivered through the English planning system.

Legal Viewpoint: How levy regulations bite on scheme amendments

A recent High Court ruling involving a residential conversion scheme in north London illustrates how strict and unforgiving the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations 2010 can be.

Struggling high streets offer opportunities for civic renewal, by Cliff Hague

During the past decade, UK High Street annual footfall has only risen once, during 2011 in the window between recovery from the 2008 financial crisis and austerity kicking in.

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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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