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Brent gives go-ahead to 509-home scheme on industrial site

The London Borough of Brent has given the go-ahead to plans for a 509-home mixed-use scheme on a designated industrial site, despite the loss of commercial floorspace.

Housing committee says Westferry controversy 'is not over' and asks Jenrick to appear before it

Housing committee says Westferry controversy 'is not over' and asks Jenrick to appear before it

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has demanded further information from the housing secretary Robert Jenrick on his controversial Westferry Printworks appeal approval and has asked the minister to appear before the body to give evidence in person.

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How We Did It: Conducting virtual site visits during the Covid-19 lockdown

How We Did It: Conducting virtual site visits during the Covid-19 lockdown

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, planning officers at the London Borough of Haringey have been using 3D mapping technology to assess proposals in lieu of being able to physically visit application sites. By Mark Wilding.

MPs consider probe into Jenrick’s ‘biased’ decision as part of parliamentary inquiry

MPs consider probe into Jenrick’s ‘biased’ decision as part of parliamentary inquiry

The Commons housing, communities and local government select committee will consider a probe into housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s controversial decision to approve a 1,500-home scheme in east London, the body's chair has told Planning.

Why the secretary of state's admission of 'apparent bias' has prompted calls for an overhaul of ministerial decision-making

Why the secretary of state's admission of 'apparent bias' has prompted calls for an overhaul of ministerial decision-making

An admission of "apparent bias" by the housing secretary in his consent for a 1,500-home scheme in east London is unprecedented and "shocking", according to legal experts, who warn that it could undermine faith in ministerial decision-making and should prompt far-reaching changes around the process.

CIL Watch: Examiner approves London legacy corporation's higher levy charges

CIL Watch: Examiner approves London legacy corporation's higher levy charges

An examiner has approved a series of new charges to be introduced as part of the London Legacy Development Corporation's (LLDC's) revised Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule, including a 23 per cent rise in rates for residential schemes.