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Malthouse says tower block demolitions may be preferable to refurbishments

Malthouse says tower block demolitions may be preferable to refurbishments

The housing minister Kit Malthouse has said that demolishing high rise tower blocks and replacing them with "low rise and high density" homes in streets and squares may be preferable to the refurbishment of such buildings.

High Court overturns inspector's 'absurd' decision to back CIL self build exemption

High Court overturns inspector's 'absurd' decision to back CIL self build exemption

A High Court judge has quashed a planning inspector's 'plainly absurd' decision and backed a council in a dispute over whether a self builder was entitled to an exemption from a community infrastructure levy (CIL) charge.

Croydon consults on removing permitted development rights for HMOs

Croydon consults on removing permitted development rights for HMOs

A south London council is proposing to introduce an order that would require planning permission for the conversion of properties into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in an effort to protect family homes.

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Policy Summary: Draft compulsory purchase guidance for new town development corporations

Policy Summary: Draft compulsory purchase guidance for new town development corporations

POLICY: New town development corporations: draft compulsory purchase guidance.

Briefing: What policy says about 'exceptional circumstances' for green belt changes

Briefing: What policy says about 'exceptional circumstances' for green belt changes

National policy sets out key steps for councils to take in order to prove the need for green belt changes, says Andy Meader.

The impact national policy changes on viability have had on the ground

The impact national policy changes on viability have had on the ground

The government introduced a series of new viability requirements in the National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance earlier this year. Five months on, what impact has there been on the ground, asks Adam Branson.

What minister meant by need for 4-5 million homes 'in planning'

What minister meant by need for 4-5 million homes 'in planning'

Comments by housing minister Kit Malthouse that the government needs four to five million homes 'in planning' to meet its 300,000 homes a year target signify longer-term government thinking about England's planning pipeline, say observers.


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Draft levy regulations offer clarity in some areas, complexity in others, by Richard Garlick

Just before Christmas, the government issued draft regulations for amending the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the charge that councils can apply to development, and the broader developer contributions system (see News Analysis p09).

Legal Viewpoint: Causes for concern raised by draft environment bill

Beware collateral impacts for the planning system arising from a draft bill published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) just before Christmas.

Planners - your country needs you in the army, by Graeme Bell

Leaked plans for a no-deal Brexit suggests the government values military planning over the peacetime variety, says Graeme Bell.

Five key messages from court judgments in 2018

UK and European court judgments this year offer some important messages on the application of policy and legal precedents for plan-making and development management. Here are five key rulings from 2018.

Caustic style will subvert Scruton's beauty crusade, by Chris Brown

Last month I went to the inaugural Colin Amery Memorial Lecture. It was delivered by Sir Roger Scruton, the new chair - for now - of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission (BBBBC).

Day-to-day planning goes on amid ministerial change and policy churn, by Richard Garlick

It has felt like a momentous year for planning, and in this edition we do our best to round it up. The ministerial merry go-round has continued, with one new housing secretary and two new planning ministers.