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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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Government publishes new planning guidance on housing for older and disabled people

Government publishes new planning guidance on housing for older and disabled people

The government has today published new planning practice guidance (PPG) on housing for older and disabled people, including advice on how councils can assess which use class such housing falls into.

Hertfordshire council approves 1,725-home scheme after 'six figure' appeal costs warning

Hertfordshire council approves 1,725-home scheme after 'six figure' appeal costs warning

A Hertfordshire council has approved plans for 1,725 homes and 19,000 square metres of commercial and community space after officers advised that refusing the scheme would leave the council vulnerable to an appeal and costs which "would most likely reach six figures".

Prime Minister to announce mandatory space standards in new homes

Prime Minister to announce mandatory space standards in new homes

Prime Minister Theresa May will this afternoon call for new regulations requiring developers to meet mandatory space standards for new homes and to "build higher-quality housing", Number 10 has announced.

RTPI 'streamlines' monitoring of new members

RTPI 'streamlines' monitoring of new members

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has announced lighter-touch monitoring requirements for new planners as part of a shake-up of elements of its assessment of professional competence.

Inspector suggests Windsor and Maidenhead consider local plan withdrawal

Inspector suggests Windsor and Maidenhead consider local plan withdrawal

A planning inspector has suggested that a Berkshire council should consider withdrawing its local plan from examination, nearly 18 months after submission, in light of a series of unresolved issues including site allocations and housing land supply.

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