Despite significant opposition during consultation, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has decided to alter its standard method of assessing housing need to reject the 2016-based Office for National Statistics (ONS) projections and to continue to use the out-of-date, 2014-based data instead. This does, of course, engineer stability in the forecasts, but at the cost of local housing assessments seeming ever more arbitrary.
It is possible for a local authority to pass the new housing delivery test (PlanningResource, 19 February) without building a single unit of specialist housing for older people.
The fact that the results of the government's housing delivery test (HDT) (PlanningResource, 19 February) suggest we delivered 114 per cent of housing need over the last three years in England really sums up the problem.
Letter: West Malling appeal decision - balance between protecting green belt and meeting housing need
It has been suggested that the West Malling appeal decision to allow 79 extra care units within the Green Belt signals an end to Green Belt protection and an open door for developers to pursue applications for similar schemes, or even traditional residential. However, a careful examination of the decision suggests anything but.
There has been quite a bit of coverage of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG's) national target for new homes and how the standard method of assessing housing need is being implemented, but not much on the problems with the method itself.
Last week's report by public spending watchdog the National Audit Office into how effectively the government supports the planning regime to deliver the right housing won't come as a shock to those in the planning sphere.
Much has been said about the government's proposals to expand permitted development (PD) rights, as part of efforts to improve the health of high streets and town centres.
The European Court's latest rulings on developers' and planners' responsibilities for assessing the impact of development on protected habitats (see related articles) are akin to Nero fiddling while Rome burned.
Not long ago I spent an evening with a pile of recent copies of the planning press. I noted a theme of local authorities struggling to deliver planning services due to loss of staff and also the loss of status of planning at senior level.
According to the newspaper reports, Bath residents resent the proposed pollution charge that by the end of 2020 would see Bath and North East Somerset council charge drivers of high-emission vehicles £9 to enter the city's planned clean air zone.
Plans have been approved for a 352-home residential-led development in Greater Manchester, after planning officers advised that no affordable housing contribution was required in light of the scheme's "transformative" public realm improvements.
It's been a busy year for the courts on planning cases, with around three dozen judgments issued so far that shed light on interpretation of a range of planning policy and practice issues. Here are 12 significant rulings from the first quarter of 2019.
Plans have been submitted for a development of up to 450 homes on a greenfield site on the south-eastern edge of Rotherham in South Yorkshire.
Plans for a 420,000 square metre warehouse in Leicestershire have been approved on appeal after an inspector found that an emerging local plan policy supporting logistics development on the site outweighed heritage and landscape concerns.
Reports that a developer has "cut down a forest before even applying for permission to build nine houses on the land" feature in today's newspaper round-up.
Plans have been approved for a major 970-home mixed-use development on a long-derelict site in Nottingham, after planners ruled out any adverse impacts on the city centre.
Plans have been approved for up to 190 homes on a greenfield site on the edge of Halesworth in Suffolk, in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the scheme was in accordance with local and national planning policy.
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