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What can be expected from the government's promised housing diversity guidance

What can be expected from the government's promised housing diversity guidance

Commentators say new housing diversity guidance promised by the communities secretary could set out specific tenures that the government wants to encourage but is unlikely to be too prescriptive.

How the need to show biodiversity benefit to get permission affects you

How the need to show biodiversity benefit to get permission affects you

The government has confirmed it will push ahead with plans for a new biodiversity net gain policy. But observers warn that the move could place extra burdens on both councils and developers.

How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 5: New planning practice guidance on economic need

A new section of the planning practice guidance has been added, covering the process for assessing economic need (paragraphs 025 to 030). This is designed to reflect the policy direction in paragraph 20 of the NPPF, that strategic policies should make sufficient provision for employment, set out a clear economic vision and recognise and address the specific locational requirements of different sectors.

How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 4: changes to planning practice guidance on housing need

Alongside the revised NPPF, key updates to planning practice guidance on housing and economic development needs assessments have also been issued. Some of the key changes are outlined below.

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How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 3: Environment and energy

Following a recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling relating to development near sites protected by the European Union Habitats Directive, the government has made a small but important change to the NPPF as it relates to such development proposals.

How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 2: definition of deliverable sites

The February 2019 revision of the NPPF includes a minor but important change to the definition of deliverable sites.

How the Feb 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system, Part 1: the standard method for assessing housing need

The government published a small but important revision to the NPPF related to the standard method for assessing housing need in February 2019.

How the February 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system: the Planning Briefing

How the February 2019 NPPF and guidance revisions change the system: the Planning Briefing

How and when February 2019's revisions change policy and guidance, and the practical implications for practitioners.


Policy Briefings

Briefing: How to write statements of common ground

Briefing: How to write statements of common ground

Authorities' statements of common ground will need to show how strategic issues are being tackled, writes Derek Stebbing.

Briefing: What policy says about 'exceptional circumstances' for green belt changes

Briefing: What policy says about 'exceptional circumstances' for green belt changes

National policy sets out key steps for councils to take in order to prove the need for green belt changes, says Andy Meader.

Briefing: The implications of the new definition of housing site 'deliverability'

Briefing: The implications of the new definition of housing site 'deliverability'

The government's new definition of housing site 'deliverability' introduces a tough test for councils and developers, says Mike Kiely.

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