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London borough announces plan to ease upwards extensions to boost social housing

London borough announces plan to ease upwards extensions to boost social housing

A London borough has announced plans to introduce development principles that would allow it to build more upwards extensions on existing residential properties to create "potentially thousands" of new social homes.

22-storey west London tower refused on heritage grounds against officer advice

22-storey west London tower refused on heritage grounds against officer advice

West London council members have refused plans for a new 22-storey residential tower next to a Grade II listed art-deco former Hoover factory against a recommendation for approval from planners.

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Why planning departments so rarely issue completion notices

Why planning departments so rarely issue completion notices

A London borough has deployed a rarely used planning power to encourage an unfinished building to be completed. But experts say completion notices are infrequently used because councils do not view them as an effective way to boost build-out rates.

Why councils are having to allow homes with no windows under permitted development rules

Why councils are having to allow homes with no windows under permitted development rules

The decision to allow on appeal the prior approval conversion of an industrial building into housing with windowless flats has prompted alarm in the planning sector. But it is not the only example of new homes lacking windows that have been allowed under light-touch permitted development rights.

How we did it: Producing design advice to create denser suburbs

How we did it: Producing design advice to create denser suburbs

Croydon has produced a supplementary planning document to provide design guidance for the borough's residential intensification. Colin Marrs reports.

CIL Watch: Brent tops table for CIL revenue raised in 2017/18

CIL Watch: Brent tops table for CIL revenue raised in 2017/18

Charging authorities raised close to half a billion pounds from the Community Infrastructure Levy in the 2017/18 financial year, according to government data, with the London Borough of Brent pulling in the highest amount of any council at £28.9 million.


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