A new £23 million fund offering free support to groups preparing neighbourhood plans opens to bids in two weeks' time, with additional support available for those plans which allocate sites for housing, the government has announced.
Revised plans for a football stadium and 42 affordable homes on a green belt site in south east London have been approved, against a recommendation from planners who concluded that the scheme's green belt impacts could not be outweighed by its benefits.
A planning approval for the extension of a quarry in the North Yorkshire green belt has been overturned at the Court of Appeal, after a judge ruled that planners had misinterpreted green belt policy with regards to the scheme's visual impact.
- 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 Planner (major applications) Randstad London
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.