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Small sites affordable housing policy upheld

An inspector found good reason to depart from national affordable housing policy and refused permission for the conversion of a care home into six flats in a Sussex city.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that permission for 370 homes in the open countryside near Thornbury in Gloucestershire has been refused by an inspector.

Inspector blocks 370 Gloucestershire homes over heritage impacts

Inspector blocks 370 Gloucestershire homes over heritage impacts

Permission for 370 homes in the open countryside near Thornbury in Gloucestershire has been refused by an inspector who ruled that likely harm to nearby listed buildings put the development at odds with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Local Plan Watch: Number of submitted plans falls since standard method cut-off date

Local Plan Watch: Number of submitted plans falls since standard method cut-off date

The number of local plans being submitted for examination has slowed in the months following the introduction of a requirement for councils to adopt the government's standard methodology for assessing housing need, analysis by Planning has found.

NPPG In Depth & Comment

The implications of allowing neighbourhoods to set their own housing need numbers

The implications of allowing neighbourhoods to set their own housing need numbers

Updated neighbourhood planning guidance that allows plan-making bodies to produce their own housing requirement figure may place burdens on community groups, practitioners fear.

What new viability guidance means for applicants and authorities

What new viability guidance means for applicants and authorities

Updated guidance on viability has further clarified the way land values are assessed, say practitioners, but will throw up both benefits and challenges for councils and developers.

The most frequent, and most successful, major housing appellants

The most frequent, and most successful, major housing appellants

Our exclusive data reveals the firms that have lodged the most major housing appeals over the past seven years, their success rates and much more. By Mark Wilding.

Trends in major housing appeals 2012-19

Trends in major housing appeals 2012-19

It began as a trickle rather than as a flood. Only 361 major housing appeal decisions were issued in the year after the National Planning Policy Framework was introduced.


Policy Briefings

Briefing: How can planners address the need  to improve health and wellbeing?

Briefing: How can planners address the need to improve health and wellbeing?

Strategies and assessments are key tools for planning for health, but could be used by more local authorities, Michael Chang suggests.

Briefing: Charting progress in the London Plan examination

Briefing: Charting progress in the London Plan examination

The examination into the draft London Plan ends in May. Questions remain on the plan's approach to housing, says Jonathan Bainbridge.

Briefing: How new guidance says economic need should be assessed

Briefing: How new guidance says economic need should be assessed

Advice on assessments fills a gap in the guidance but fails to resolve key issues, say Cristina Howick and Richard Pestell.

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