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The Environment Bill: six things you need to know

The Environment Bill: six things you need to know

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) yesterday published its much-anticipated Environment Bill. Here are six things you need to know about it.

Housing delivery test results shelved until after general election

Housing delivery test results shelved until after general election

The results of this year's housing delivery test have been postponed until after December's general election, the government has confirmed.

Accelerated planning document upgraded to white paper, says Jenrick

Accelerated planning document upgraded to white paper, says Jenrick

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has revealed that the forthcoming Accelerated Planning Green Paper has been upgraded to a white paper and promised that the document would deliver "radical reform" of the planning system.

How the London Plan inspectors' push for a green belt review might pan out

How the London Plan inspectors' push for a green belt review might pan out

Inspectors examining the draft London Plan have called for the mayor to instigate a review of the capital's green belt to meet future housing needs.

The councils that determined the fewest applications within government time limits up to June 2019

The councils that determined the fewest applications within government time limits up to June 2019

Just six local authorities are now below the government's 'special measures' threshold for the proportion of decisions made within the statutory timescales, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Appeal Court overturns landmark wind farm judgment on amending planning conditions

Appeal Court overturns landmark wind farm judgment on amending planning conditions

Appeal Court judges have overturned a landmark High Court ruling on the extent to which applicants can vary existing permissions after finding that a planning inspector acted "beyond her powers" in allowing a variation to conditions attached to a wind farm consent.

High Court raps inspector for 'misapplying law' over unlawful flat conversion

High Court raps inspector for 'misapplying law' over unlawful flat conversion

A High Court judge has criticised a planning inspector for having "misapplied" the law in blocking council enforcement action against an illegal north London flat conversion on the basis that it had changed use for more than four years and therefore had immunity.

Government confirms fracking moratorium and drops proposed easing of planning rules

Government confirms fracking moratorium and drops proposed easing of planning rules

The government has today confirmed a moratorium on fracking in England and announced that it has ditched proposals to ease planning rules for the controversial activity, including the introduction of permitted development (PD) rights for fracking exploration schemes.

GL Hearn expects planning team expansion despite London exodus to Knight Frank

GL Hearn expects planning team expansion despite London exodus to Knight Frank

Property consultancy GL Hearn has outlined plans to build a "much broader planning offer" following a series of recent high-profile departures from its London office, including the loss of nine planners to rival firm Knight Frank.

MHCLG announces fresh £374m infrastructure funding to unlock 32,000 homes

MHCLG announces fresh £374m infrastructure funding to unlock 32,000 homes

The government has awarded a combined £374 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to five councils to help unlock the delivery of up to 32,000 homes, with almost half going to projects in Medway, Kent.

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