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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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'PM intervenes to halt plan to fill in dozens of Victorian railway crossings with concrete'

'PM intervenes to halt plan to fill in dozens of Victorian railway crossings with concrete'

A report that the Prime Minister has teamed up with the transport secretary to halt Highways England plans to fill in historic bridges with concrete leads today's newspaper roundup.

Oxfordshire council approves 4,254-home scheme on greenfield land

Oxfordshire council approves 4,254-home scheme on greenfield land

An Oxfordshire council has granted outline permission for a 4,254-home mixed-use scheme on agricultural land near Didcot, after planning officers advised that previously-raised concerns over highway access and healthcare provision had been resolved.

Birmingham Council to use artificial intelligence to help it find more housing land

Birmingham Council to use artificial intelligence to help it find more housing land

Birmingham City Council has awarded a contract to a property technology firm to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help it find more land for homes following an uplift in the authority's housing need levels and a shortfall of available land.

Ten key things that happened this week

Ten key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including a claim by the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff suggesting that the government has achieved meaningful planning changes by stealth.

CIL Watch: Self build exemption does not apply to retrospective permissions, judge rules

CIL Watch: Self build exemption does not apply to retrospective permissions, judge rules

A guideline case on the exemption of self-build projects from the community infrastructure levy (CIL), in which a judge ruled that the opt out does not apply where retrospective planning permission has been granted for a development already carried out, resulted in a homeowner being ordered to pay almost £120,000 in charges.

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