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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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Scottish Government-backed report demands new powers for councils to force site sales

Scottish Government-backed report demands new powers for councils to force site sales

Scottish planning authorities should be given powers to trigger the sale of disused land or property to the highest bidder, a report by a body established by the Scottish Government has recommended.

Planning inspector backs application for green belt shale gas exploration

Planning inspector backs application for green belt shale gas exploration

A planning inspector has approved plans for exploratory shale gas drilling in the green belt near a Derbyshire village.

Government suspends fracking question from social attitudes poll

Government suspends fracking question from social attitudes poll

Reports that the government 'has stopped asking the British public whether they are for or against fracking for shale gas' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Plans submitted for 1,400-home Birmingham Commonwealth Games village

Plans submitted for 1,400-home Birmingham Commonwealth Games village

Plans have been submitted for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games athletes' village which is tended to provide 1,400 homes after the event.

Go-ahead for retail village despite town centre and employment land concerns

Go-ahead for retail village despite town centre and employment land concerns

Plans for a retail village on the edge of Chorley in Lancashire have been recommended for approval despite a recognition from planners that the shops involved could 'compound the impact' on town centre retailers arising from other approved development.

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