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Six councils ask government to confirm their housing land supply positions for a year

Six councils ask government to confirm their housing land supply positions for a year

Six local authorities have indicated they intend to submit an Annual Position Statement (APS) in a bid to confirm that they have a five-year housing land supply, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

High Court upholds 760-home approval, despite 'incoherent' planning report

High Court upholds 760-home approval, despite 'incoherent' planning report

Planning consent granted for construction of 760 new homes on farmland near Bridport, Dorset, has been upheld by a High Court judge - even though he ruled that councillors had based their decision on a planning report that failed to "meet the bare minimum standard" for such documents.

Sussex council calls for government to relax five year local plan review requirement in light of coronavirus

Sussex council calls for government to relax five year local plan review requirement in light of coronavirus

A Sussex council has called on the government to lift its requirement for local plans to be reviewed every five years to take into account the challenges being faced by local authorities during the coronavirus outbreak.

How housing need assessment might change

How housing need assessment might change

The housing ministry has proposed a shake-up of its standard method of assessing housing need. Commentators say this has been prompted by ministers' concerns about the loss of green belt and greenfield land, but opinions differ as to how radical the changes might be.

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Why the failure of two out of three councils to fix their housing land supply may deter others from trying

Why the failure of two out of three councils to fix their housing land supply may deter others from trying

Of the first tranche of councils seeking to protect their housing land supply from appeal challenges for a year via a new policy route, only one has succeeded. Some observers say the difficulties experienced by this first wave may put off other authorities from embarking on the process this year.

How planning should change if councillors lose control over decisions, by Catriona Riddell

How planning should change if councillors lose control over decisions, by Catriona Riddell

Decisions on planning have always been made through the democratic process, helping to maintain an element of public accountability and scrutiny in land use and its impact on the wider area.

The councils set to lose their five year housing land supply due to the delivery test

The councils set to lose their five year housing land supply due to the delivery test

The 2019 housing delivery test results mean that eight councils are now subject to the National Planning Policy Framework's presumption in favour of sustainable development. However, three more local authorities are likely to also be subject to the same penalty as a result of their housing land supply buffer increasing under the test, research by Planning suggests.

The rise and fall of the big 'unplanned' housing scheme, by Richard Garlick

The rise and fall of the big 'unplanned' housing scheme, by Richard Garlick

Slightly less than seven years ago, we published an article called "Unplanned England", which detailed the ten biggest housing schemes on sites not supported by local authorities that had been allowed at appeal since the publication of the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework.


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.