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Threatened Wirral Council urges MHCLG to allow it to use lower household projections

Threatened Wirral Council urges MHCLG to allow it to use lower household projections

A council undergoing Whitehall scrutiny of its local plan process has said it is lobbying the government to allow it to use September's lower household growth figures that would see the district's housing need drop by two-fifths.

North West council considers scaling back green belt release in local plan

North West council considers scaling back green belt release in local plan

St Helens Council has been advised to backtrack on plans to remove a number of sites from the green belt in its emerging local plan, as well as to cut its housing target.

Plans submitted for 1,500-unit scheme on Salford industrial site

Plans submitted for 1,500-unit scheme on Salford industrial site

Plans have been submitted for a 1,500-flat development in a series of towers which could rise up to 45 storeys on land currently allocated for industrial use in Salford Quays.

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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.

Why Greater Manchester authorities have again delayed publication of their revised spatial framework

Why Greater Manchester authorities have again delayed publication of their revised spatial framework

Revised population projections and prospects of a lower housing need requirement for the Greater Manchester conurbation are behind the decision to delay consultation on a second version of the area's strategic framework until the autumn, say observers.

Why a city council is bringing an outsourced service in-house

Why a city council is bringing an outsourced service in-house

Salford City Council's announcement of plans to end a joint venture providing its development management services highlights uncertainties surrounding local authority outsourcing arrangements, say observers.

Why the Greater South-East was the big Housing Infrastructure Fund winner

Why the Greater South-East was the big Housing Infrastructure Fund winner

Last week five of the UK's elected combined authority mayors joined forces to write to the Prime Minister to complain about the proportion of the government's recent £866m Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) allocation that was spent in London and the South East.


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