Housing secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for the employment-led regeneration of a former coal mine in the West Midlands, saying it would 'permanently reduce the openness of the green belt'.
A group of retirement housebuilders hoping to overturn the London mayor's flagship affordable housing policy have been granted a second attempt in their legal challenge.
The number of new homes started and completed in the UK rose for the fourth successive year in 2016-17, according to the latest government statistics.
- Planning Manager – Warwickshire Jon Taylor Associates Warwickshire
- Head of Planning North Norfolk District Council Cromer, Norfolk
- Planning Enforcement Officer Cherwell District Council Banbury, Oxfordshire
- GROUP MANAGER, GROWTH and PLANNING Mendip District Council Shepton Mallet
- Principal Town Planner – City of London Jon Taylor Associates London (City of), London (Greater)
Experts offer differing interpretations on the extent of the dangers facing councils failing to explain why they have taken planning decisions, following recent court rulings.
Experts say it is almost impossible to generalise about why the secretary of state is refusing homes applications in areas with no identified five-year housing land supply.
Government proposals to amend the rules governing release of green belt land are billed as strengthening protection for these areas, but some in the sector suspect that the revisions may have the opposite effect.
Industrial and housing development work side by side on a north London scheme, says David Dewar.
The most important factor restricting the rate at which planning permissions on large sites are built out is housebuilders' unwillingness to release so many homes into a local market at the same time that the prices would drop.
The aim of this month's draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is to ensure that it is as efficient as possible in improving the supply of homes.
Deal-making appears to be the government's preferred approach to securing housing delivery. This has been well rehearsed with the devolution deals negotiated over the past few years with groups of city-regional authorities and the new housing deals being agreed now.
The NPPF revisions set councils new tasks while aiming to reduce existing duties, by Richard Garlick
The changes to the National Planning Policy Framework unveiled this week clarify the government's requirements of local authorities as far as plan-making is concerned. They would set councils a series of new tasks, while at the same time promising to simplify some of their existing duties.
Next week's Spring Statement by the chancellor will bring interim news from Oliver Letwin's inquiry into the build out of allocated and permissioned housing sites in high demand areas.
Last week's reporting by the Guardian of the extensive hospitality received by a prominent planning committee member from developers and others will have further fanned the suspicions of those who believe that the planning system is skewed in favour of big business.