Do viability rules favour developer returns over affordable housing?

Housing charity Shelter's assertion that a "legal loophole" is allowing developers to get out of building thousands of affordable homes across the country every year has received widespread media coverage, but has also split opinion within the planning sector.

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Plans have been refused for a 2,000-home development in Berkshire, in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the application should be refused on grounds including that the developer had submitted 'inconsistent and contradictory information' to support the proposal.

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Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Delays in decision-making on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) used to be an exceptional circumstance. Only one of the first 42 decisions missed the three month decision deadline. But suddenly they are becoming commonplace.

How we did it: Masterplanning a town centre revival

A 12-year vision to help a Merseyside town centre overcome years of decline had to look beyond retail, says John Geoghegan.

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Legal Viewpoint: Ruling highlights scope for error on repeat conditions

A recent High Court decision on a case in London highlights how complex section 73 permissions can be and how errors can so easily be made when granting permission and applying conditions.

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Reports that an Oxfordshire district has suffered a setback in its legal bid to overturn an inspector's approval of a 95-home scheme on a site not allocated in an adopted neighbourhood plan feature in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

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The requirement to provide neighbourhood housing need figures could further stretch under-pressure planners, warns Sean Lewis.

'Duty to agree' will be the last straw for some councils, by Catriona Riddell

Since the government's latest consultation on measures to boost housing supply in England, Planning for the right homes in the right places, there has been a lot of debate about the proposed new methodology for assessing housing need.

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