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Westminster to submit City Plan with ramped up green and affordable housing policies

Westminster to submit City Plan with ramped up green and affordable housing policies

Westminster City Council is to submit its new draft City Plan for examination after a consultation last year prompted changes including a relaxed maximum size limit on new homes plus stronger environmental and affordable housing targets.

Secondment and graduate schemes can boost planning team recruitment, conference told

Secondment and graduate schemes can boost planning team recruitment, conference told

Providing secondment opportunities for staff and investing in graduate schemes are key ways to help ease council planning team recruitment problems, the Planning for Housing conference was told.

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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.

Why the Old Oak Common local plan has run into trouble

Why the Old Oak Common local plan has run into trouble

A planning inspector last week told a development corporation driving a huge London regeneration project to cut a key site from its plan for the area. But the corporation and the landowner are at loggerheads over how the inspector's recommendation will impact on the site's development.

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.