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New NPPF 'still expected this week', says MHCLG

New NPPF 'still expected this week', says MHCLG

The publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is still 'expected this week', the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has said.

Ministers suggest planning changes to aid broadband roll-out

Ministers suggest planning changes to aid broadband roll-out

Fresh changes to the planning system could be used to support the roll-out of super fast broadband across the UK, the government has signalled.

Lincolnshire council adopts 7,819-home local plan

Lincolnshire council adopts 7,819-home local plan

A Lincolnshire council has adopted its local plan which sets out proposals for the delivery of 7,819 homes across the district between 2017 and 2031.

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How we did it: Hitting rogue landlords where it hurts

How we did it: Hitting rogue landlords where it hurts

A team in Barnet is using criminal law to clamp down on rogue landlords, reports David Dewar.

Why extended appeal times are causing problems for applicants

Why extended appeal times are causing problems for applicants

Despite improvements in handling times for all categories of planning appeals, the latest figures from the Planning Inspectorate have left the sector unpersuaded that the system is producing results fast enough.

Why northern councils are lowering their housing targets

Why northern councils are lowering their housing targets

Many northern councils are preparing to set less ambitious housing targets in light of the government's impending new standard method for calculating housing need.

How permitted development rights for office-residential conversions are panning out

How permitted development rights for office-residential conversions are panning out

Allowing offices to be converted to homes without a planning application may sound a good idea, but closer inspection reveals problems, argues Ben Clifford.


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Local authorities need to look beyond big developers, by Joey Gardiner

The spectre of weakening housebuilding output has been raised by the government's latest quarterly housebuilding figures, which show yearon- year falls in both housing starts and completions.

Government adviser's land value uplift proposals are worth noting, by Richard Garlick

During last year's election campaign, the Conservative and Labour parties said that they would pursue a greater share for the public purse of unearned gains conferred on landowners by planning permission or infrastructure development.

Purpose is key to any system, by Cliff Hague

Should planning have a purpose written into the legislation that defines the system?

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling highlights councils' public sector equality duty

With objectors seeking a variety of ways to challenge the validity of planning permissions, a High Court ruling last month should put local planning authorities on notice of the requirement under the Equality Act 2010 to explicitly consider any impacts on protected groups and show how they have paid due regard to those needs.

Letwin's analysis does not specify that housebuilders must open up sites to rivals, by Richard Garlick

Housebuilders have for many years been trying to clear their names of the charge of "land banking". This alleged practice involves obtaining permission to build, but with the intention simply of enhancing the value of the land as a tradeable commodity, rather than actually undertaking any kind of construction.

Westminster could learn from new Scottish land ownership measures, by Chris Brown

The last couple of weeks have seen a marked contrast between north and south in my travels. Not in the weather, which has been scorchingly hot pretty much everywhere, but in the way legislation and regulation are impacting on community ownership of land and property.

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