National planning rules require local councils to show exceptional circumstances when they remove land from the green belt.
I read with interest your case study on how Camden Council is handling development management (See related articles).
The revised National Planning Policy Framework says local planning authorities should seek to ensure that the quality of approved development is not "materially diminished" between permission and completion as a result of changes being made to the permitted scheme.
You report (see related links) on a letter from Kit Malthouse, minister of state for housing, to local authorities in the Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor, calling on them "to bring forward ambitious proposals for transformational housing growth, including new settlements" by 14 September is one of many recent examples of the government trying to negotiate with local authorities to stimulate house-building.
The government's recently published call for evidence on the future of mobility includes an open-ended request for "any further suggestions or comments" on the subject.
The latest report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) suggests the green belt is under severe pressure, yet the most recent government statistics suggest green belt land decreased by less than 0.05 per cent in 2016/17.
There were high hopes that the Planning (Scotland) Bill would reinvigorate the current slow and costly system.
Last week's National Infrastructure Assessment by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) notes the need to expand and strengthen local mechanisms for capturing increases in land value associated with infrastructure.
In recent weeks Civitas, the Centre for Progressive Capitalism and Shelter have all argued for a change in the way land is valued, calling for the UK to adopt the German model looking at "Existing Use Values" (EUVs) rather than "hope values".
I read with interest the recent article on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on habitats regulation assessment matters (see related articles).
A Surrey council has scrapped plans to bring forward a single 112.1-hectare green belt site for development rather than several separate sites across the area after planners concluded that the removal of the site from the green belt 'might not be able to withstand scrutiny at an examination'.
A claim that Sir Oliver Letwin's review of build out rates will recommend that councils are 'able to strip landowners of large portions of profits from the sale of their land' features in today's newspaper round-up.
The Court of Appeal has upheld a planning inspector's ruling that a west London council was within its rights to remove deemed consent for illuminated signs located within a building, dismissing a claim that the move was 'draconian'.
One of the 15 councils threatened with intervention by central government has approved a revised version of its local plan, including a cut to previously proposed housing numbers.
Cambridge City Council has formally adopted its local plan, which allocates land for 14,000 new homes up to 2031.
A developer ordered to demolish his 11-home scheme because a council believes two extra houses were built without consent has said he will appeal against the decision.
The mayor of London has today launched a new £10 million fund to help increase capacity in boroughs' planning and housing teams so they can build more homes in the capital.
- Planning Compliance Team Leader - Trafford, Greater Manchester Trafford Council Trafford, Greater Manchester
- Planning Officer énergie Fitness Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
- Planning Enforcement Officer New Forest National Park Hampshire
- Deputy Development Management Manager Milton Keynes Council Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
- Senior Planner Adlington Congleton, Cheshire