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Government pledges 'strengthened' planning guidance to boost social housing

Government pledges 'strengthened' planning guidance to boost social housing

The government is to 'strengthen' planning guidance to encourage new affordable homes 'to be designed to the same high quality as other tenures and well integrated within developments', according to its social housing green paper, published today.

How the NPPF revisions would change the system, Part 3: design quality

How the NPPF revisions would change the system, Part 3: design quality

In the latest of a series of briefings on the final revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), we look at its policies on design standards and examine responses from key sector organisations.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Legal Viewpoint: Framework opens the door for entry-level exceptions

Legal Viewpoint: Framework opens the door for entry-level exceptions

The recently revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) introduces the new concept of 'entry-level exception sites' into planning.

How NPPF viability changes put councils in a stronger position

How NPPF viability changes put councils in a stronger position

Changes to national planning policy on viability assessments are likely to turn up the heat on applicants and strengthen the hand of local authorities, say observers.

How standard method rethink could impact on plan-making

How standard method rethink could impact on plan-making

The government's announcement of a review of its standard method of assessing housing need creates uncertainty and could delay local plan preparation, say commentators.

Legal Viewpoint: Framework offers clarification, simplification and focus on homes delivery

Legal Viewpoint: Framework offers clarification, simplification and focus on homes delivery

Three of the main issues the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), published on Tuesday, is designed to address are the numerous high-profile court judgments on issues of interpretation, the need to simplify housing requirements and the imperative to achieve quicker delivery.

Five key changes to national guidance

Five key changes to national guidance

The government last month updated its national Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) with some amendments to reflect the latest legislative developments. Below we summarise five key changes outlined in the new guidance.

Policy Summary: What the airports national policy statement means for Heathrow and beyond

Policy Summary: What the airports national policy statement means for Heathrow and beyond

POLICY: Airports National Policy Statement: New Runway Capacity and Infrastructure at Airports in the South East of England.

Legal Viewpoint: Mitigation measures excluded from habitat screening stage

Legal Viewpoint: Mitigation measures excluded from habitat screening stage

A European court ruling has overturned the UK position that planning authorities may take mitigation measures into account in determining whether an appropriate assessment is required under the Habitats Regulations.

Why removal of a funding cap could spark a new generation of development corporations

Why removal of a funding cap could spark a new generation of development corporations

Changes to the regulations allowing locally led new town development corporations should incentivise more authorities to pursue the new powers, say experts, as four Essex councils announce that they are set to create the first such body.


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