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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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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 420,000 square metre warehouse in Leicestershire have been approved on appeal.

Methane extraction permitted after planners conclude it will help transition to a low-carbon future

Methane extraction permitted after planners conclude it will help transition to a low-carbon future

Plans have been approved to allow an energy firm to extract methane gas for domestic use from a former coal mine in Nottinghamshire, despite planners deciding that there was no evidence of escapes of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, the prevention of which was one of the claimed benefits of the scheme.

Public Practice names the 37 planners and urban designers taking up its 2019-20 council placements

Public Practice names the 37 planners and urban designers taking up its 2019-20 council placements

Social enterprise Public Practice has announced a second wave of planners and urban designers starting one-year placements in local authorities, more than doubling the number of associates involved in the public sector skills programme.

Plans approved for 2.6km Cheshire bypass to help enable housing and employment sites

Plans approved for 2.6km Cheshire bypass to help enable housing and employment sites

Plans have been approved for a new 2.6km bypass around Middlewich in Cheshire, in line with a recommendation from planners who advised that the scheme would help enable the delivery of housing and employment sites in the area.

Lords back devolution of planning fee-setting to tackle inequality between generations

Lords back devolution of planning fee-setting to tackle inequality between generations

Powers for councils to set planning fees, the creation of new guidance on the appropriate use class for retirement communities, and the establishment of a presumption in favour of developing public land are among a series of recommendations in a cross-party House of Lords report on intergenerational fairness.

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