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MHCLG 'lost almost a quarter of its staff in past year'

MHCLG 'lost almost a quarter of its staff in past year'

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) lost almost a quarter of its staff last year, a report by a think-tank has found.

Planning bodies issue strong objections to further relaxation of PD rights

Planning bodies issue strong objections to further relaxation of PD rights

Planning bodies have submitted strong objections to government proposals to further relax permitted development (PD) rights - including changes to allow commercial buildings to be demolished and redeveloped as housing - with the Planning Officers' Society arguing the move would 'undermine the confidence of the public in the planning system'.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Legal Viewpoint: Causes for concern raised by draft environment bill

Legal Viewpoint: Causes for concern raised by draft environment bill

Beware collateral impacts for the planning system arising from a draft bill published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) just before Christmas.

The policy and legislation changes to expect in 2019

The policy and legislation changes to expect in 2019

This year is set to see further significant changes to the planning system, after a flurry of activity in 2018, says David Dewar.

Why developers are worried about a new bill aiming to limit planning appeals

Why developers are worried about a new bill aiming to limit planning appeals

Commentators say a private members' bill aiming to strengthen neighbourhood plans has a slim chance of success, but it has still raised concerns in the development sector.

Policy Summary: Giving councils greater flexibility to dispose of public land for housing

Policy Summary: Giving councils greater flexibility to dispose of public land for housing

POLICY: Government consultation on disposal of local authority land.

Day-to-day planning goes on amid ministerial change and policy churn, by Richard Garlick

Day-to-day planning goes on amid ministerial change and policy churn, by Richard Garlick

It has felt like a momentous year for planning, and in this edition we do our best to round it up. The ministerial merry go-round has continued, with one new housing secretary and two new planning ministers.

What the government's biodiversity proposals could mean for planning

What the government's biodiversity proposals could mean for planning

New proposals requiring developers to leave habitats in a better condition after their scheme is built have prompted some conservation groups to claim they could allow developers to pay to "destroy nature". However, commentators say such fears are misplaced.

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.

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

The government has responded cautiously to MPs' calls for the public purse to capture more of the land value uplift generated by planning permissions. However, some minor innovations to make the compulsory purchase system more transparent are promised.


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