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Conservatives 2013: Boles: 'shoot me if I'm still planning minister after election'

Conservatives 2013: Boles: 'shoot me if I'm still planning minister after election'

Nick Boles has told a Tory party conference fringe event to 'shoot me' if he is still planning minister after the next general election.

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Council set to withdraw core strategy following new housing need study

Council set to withdraw core strategy following new housing need study

A council in Surrey is set to withdraw its key planning document after carrying out a study that indicated it would have to 'significantly' raise its proposed annual housebuilding target.

Developers threaten judicial review over neighbourhood plan, says council

Developers threaten judicial review over neighbourhood plan, says council

A council has complained of 'corporate bullying' after three housebuilders threatened a judicial review over a neighbourhood plan that recently passed examination.

Inspector warns council over housing shortfall

Inspector warns council over housing shortfall

A Staffordshire district council has said that it is willing to identify land for an additional 900 homes after an inspector warned that its local plan fails to make adequate provision for housing need.

Judge declares Leeds planning policies 'unlawful'

Judge declares Leeds planning policies 'unlawful'

Leeds City Council's attempts to protect the city's historic canal-side from housing development have suffered a major setback after a High Court judge declared two council planning policies 'unlawful'.

Pickles backs developer over 'unrealistic' affordable homes requirement

Pickles backs developer over 'unrealistic' affordable homes requirement

The communities secretary has approved a mixed-use scheme in east London, ruling that the council's expectation for affordable housing provision to be provided by the development was 'unrealistic'.

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High Court overturns inspector's housing decision over inadequate reasoning

High Court overturns inspector's housing decision over inadequate reasoning

The High Court has overturned an inspector's appeal decision that blocked permission for a six-home development in Buckinghamshire over access concerns, after the judge found the inspector failed to give adequate reasons for departing from the view of the highways authority.

Plans for 750-home Ashford urban extension submitted

Plans for 750-home Ashford urban extension submitted

Hybrid plans have been submitted for a 750-home urban extension to Ashford in Kent, of which at least five per cent of the housing would be for self build.

Airport landowner embarks on rival Heathrow DCO application

Airport landowner embarks on rival Heathrow DCO application

Hotel operator Arora Group has taken the first step in its bid to secure a development consent order (DCO) for a Heathrow expansion plan to rival that of the airport operator.

Planning system is an "antiquated mess", says TV architect

Planning system is an "antiquated mess", says TV architect

Systematic change is needed "on every single level" to deliver better place-making, while the planning system is "an antiquated mess", TV presenter and architect George Clarke said yesterday.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that plans for a 1,210-home mixed-use scheme on a site allocated for development in a Devon council's adopted local plan have been refused, against the advice of planners who said consent for the site was a "high priority in maintaining housing delivery and a suitable level of housing land supply".

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