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‘Scene of LS Lowry painting could become site of 1,500 homes’

A report on a planning application for an inner city scheme leads our round-up of today’s news.

Fylde Council offices (Pic: Rept0n1x CC BY-SA 2.0)

Council begins work on leisure project without securing planning permission

A council has begun work on a new windsports centre despite having not yet secured the appropriate planning permission from itself for the project, citing a “miscommunication between service areas” as the reason for the error.

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‘UK housing demand still outpacing supply’

A report on the national supply of housing failing to keep up with demand, leading to claimed consequences including higher property prices and problems for potential first-time buyers, leads today’s media round-up

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Neighbourhood Watch: Pincher pledges more neighbourhood plans for the North

The government will take steps to increase uptake of neighbourhood plans in the North and the Midlands, housing minister Christopher Pincher has said.

The lessons for planning teams of the government's Liverpool City Council probe

A report into alleged failings at Liverpool City Council found undue pressure being placed on planning officers and a failure of enforcement to tackle unlawful development. According to some observers, the episode highlights the potential risks of planners and property officers working in the same directorate.

Five key planning findings and outcomes following the government’s Liverpool City Council report

A government-commissioned report, the Liverpool City Council Best Value Inspection, found numerous failures within the council, including its planning and regeneration functions, which has prompted intervention by local government secretary Robert Jenrick.

The A303 near Stonehenge - image: geograph / Peter Trimming (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Six government infrastructure decisions promised this autumn

Due dates for government decisions on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects before 31.12.20