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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

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

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

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'

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

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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Ten key things that happened in the past week

Ten of the biggest news stories from the past week, including consultancy WSP buying another large UK planning outfit and a secretary of state letter telling inspectors not to find local plans unsound this summer.

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The fall-out from the scrapping of one of England’s last strategic plans

Work on one of England’s few remaining strategic plans has halted after councils in Oxfordshire failed to agree on long-term housing targets. Observers say the move indicates both central government’s and local authorities’ lack of interest in strategic planning, and worry that local plans in the county may now be delayed.

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Local Plan Watch: Council adopts plan proposing 2,000 homes on green belt despite falling housing need

A local plan proposing to build more than 2,000 homes on green belt land has been adopted after planning inspectors ruled that the local authority could set a housing target higher than that produced by the government’s standard method.

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'Fresh government delay to West Cumbrian coal mine decision’

A report on a delay to the decision on “the first deep coal mine in the UK for more than 30 years” leads our round-up of today’s news

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Council pushes local plan adoption date back by two years

A council has approved pushing back the expected adoption date of its emerging local plan to 2024 - two years later than originally planned and after a key government deadline - to allow it to carry out a “meaningful engagement and consultation”.

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