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Greater Manchester cuts housing provision by 12 per cent in new city-wide plan

Greater Manchester cuts housing provision by 12 per cent in new city-wide plan

Nine Greater Manchester councils have published a new draft of their long-awaited strategic plan for the city region, reducing housing need figures by 12 per cent and green belt release by ten per cent compared to the previous draft.

Council 'threatened with legal action' over publication of officers' report on student tower before consultation finished

Council 'threatened with legal action' over publication of officers' report on student tower before consultation finished

Manchester City Council has reportedly been threatened with a judicial review after publishing an officers’ report recommending approval of controversial plans for a 55-storey, 850-unit student accommodation tower before consultation on the scheme had finished.

Jenrick approves 100,000 sqm green belt employment scheme due to economic benefits

Jenrick approves 100,000 sqm green belt employment scheme due to economic benefits

The secretary of state has approved plans for 100,000 square metres of storage, distribution and research facilities on green belt in Greater Manchester, after finding that the proposal's economic benefits, including the promise of up to 2,500 jobs, provided the "very special circumstances" required to justify permission.

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

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

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.

Six government infrastructure decisions promised this autumn

Six government infrastructure decisions promised this autumn

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

Five legal verdicts to look out for this autumn

Five legal verdicts to look out for this autumn

Cases due before the courts October-November 2020. Hearing dates may be subject to change.