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352-home scheme approved without affordable housing thanks to public realm improvements

352-home scheme approved without affordable housing thanks to public realm improvements

Plans have been approved for a 352-home residential-led development in Greater Manchester, after planning officers advised that no affordable housing contribution was required in light of the scheme's "transformative" public realm improvements.

600-home Trafford scheme approved despite undercutting affordable housing target by more than half

600-home Trafford scheme approved despite undercutting affordable housing target by more than half

A Greater Manchester council has granted permission for a 600-home scheme, despite it initially offering an affordable housing contribution that is less than half that sought by local planning policy.

Tardy plan-making council indicates November 2020 submission in bid to escape government intervention

Tardy plan-making council indicates November 2020 submission in bid to escape government intervention

Wirral Council has set out a detailed action plan in response to the threat of intervention made by communities secretary James Brokenshire in January over its failure to make progress on its local plan.

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How we did it: Winning £102 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund

How we did it: Winning £102 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund

A new garden community project in Cumbria was boosted after a successful bid for government funding towards a key link road, reports Colin Marrs.

Why a Cheshire town rejected a neighbourhood plan

Why a Cheshire town rejected a neighbourhood plan

The Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan failed at the referendum stage after a political row over its preparation, say those who campaigned for and against the strategy. Experts say the plan's rejection shows the importance of wide community engagement.

Interview: Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor

Interview: Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor

The metro mayor talks exclusively to Planning on negotiating infrastructure funding with central government, housing numbers and development corporations

The lessons from a council's chastening High Court heritage defeat

The lessons from a council's chastening High Court heritage defeat

The overturning of Liverpool City Council's consent for a 51-home redevelopment of a Grade II listed building shows that some planning officers are struggling with conservation considerations, say observers.


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