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Government experts predict further slowdown in household growth rates

Government experts predict further slowdown in household growth rates

The number of households in England is predicted to rise at an average rate of 149,960 per year over the next 25 years, a lower rate of growth than previously expected, according to latest government projections.

Appeal court backs Harrogate Council's departure from standard housing need method in homes consent

Appeal court backs Harrogate Council's departure from standard housing need method in homes consent

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a Yorkshire council was justified in not using the government's standard method in assessing its housing need and dismissed an objector's challenge to the authority's consent for 21 new homes on a greenfield site.

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 the government has confirmed plans to automatically extend all planning permissions that are due to lapse during the coronavirus pandemic, or have already done so, between late March and the end of this year.

Secretary of state accepts that 'deliverable' housing site definition is wider than NPPF's 'closed list'

Secretary of state accepts that 'deliverable' housing site definition is wider than NPPF's 'closed list'

The housing secretary has backed down in a council's legal challenge to an appeal decision and conceded that the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) definition of a "deliverable" housing site is not a "closed list" but leaves room for decision-makers to exercise their planning judgement.

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How a court judgment exposed the risk of counting on housing need to justify green belt release

How a court judgment exposed the risk of counting on housing need to justify green belt release

A successful legal challenge to a development plan in Leeds shows the risk of plan-makers depending too heavily on housing need figures to justify green belt release, especially when those numbers drop significantly, say commentators

Why a Supreme Court ruling is likely to reduce the range of heritage items that can be listed

Why a Supreme Court ruling is likely to reduce the range of heritage items that can be listed

A Supreme Court judgment on a pair of listed urns calls into question whether some heritage items on statutory lists can actually be categorised as 'buildings' and are therefore eligible for inclusion. Experts say the ruling means that some currently-listed items may therefore be potentially vulnerable to removal.

Why the pandemic may make it harder for councils to defend their housing land supply positions

Why the pandemic may make it harder for councils to defend their housing land supply positions

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on housing delivery and viability is likely to make it more difficult for local authorities to demonstrate that their five-year land supply is robust, consultants and councils suggest.

Five circumstances ‘exceptional’ enough to justify green belt release in local plans

Five circumstances ‘exceptional’ enough to justify green belt release in local plans

The most common reasons given by inspectors for deciding that “exceptional circumstances” exist to justify the release of green belt in a local plan.


Policy Briefings

Need to know: New advice for surveyors on viability assessment

Need to know: New advice for surveyors on viability assessment

What are the main changes in RICS' revised professional guidance on development viability in planning? By Chris Marsh.

How the Environment Bill will change the planning system: the Planning briefing

How the Environment Bill will change the planning system: the Planning briefing

How the revised legislation will affect applicants and authorities. By Isabella Kaminski.

How new planning guidance on air quality changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How new planning guidance on air quality changes the system: the Planning Briefing

What the latest changes to government guidance are, and how they affect practitioners. By Isabella Kaminski.