Policy & Legislation
Policy, legislation and guidance produced by the government or its designated bodies. Use adopted sections if you wish to see only policy or legislation in force or emerging sections if you are looking for consultation documents where central government is inviting opinion prior to the implementation of policy or legislation.
Legislation In Progress
Track the progress of legislation through the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments as well as the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies.
In dealing with an enforcement appeal concerning the use of land in Hertfordshire as a wedding venue (DCS Number 200-007-514 ) an inspector has pointed out the potentially significant...
A replacement dwelling in the green belt in Hertfordshire has been rejected at appeal, an inspector declining to take unexpended permitted development rights into account to justify...
Taken from a recent appeal decision concerning the retention of a safety net at a golf club in north Wales (DCS Number 400-018-518 ): “Playing golf often results in a ball being projected...
A Labour government would 'remove the viability loophole which allows developers to dodge affordable housing obligations' and establish an 'English Sovereign Land Trust' to work with councils to buy land 'at a price closer to existing use value', according to its new housing green paper published today.
The government has published research used by housing minister Dominic Raab to support a claim that immigration has driven up house prices significantly over the past 25 years, but the document warns that its contents should be 'treated cautiously'.
Policy: National Policy Statement for Water Resources: Infrastructure Types and Sizes.
Health impact assessment is coming to the fore as a tool for improving urban quality, Amber Morley and Richard Laming conclude.
The government has published guidance providing further details on viability assessments following last year's proposals to speed up the process by dropping the need for an assessment under certain circumstances.
It is essential that the planning system allows the merits of a particular use of a piece of land to be debated. But it must also bring some structure to those exchanges, so that decisions can be made in a reasonably timely and efficient way.
Not all experts are convinced that setting councils' land supply position for a fixed period will reduce scope for argument.
Concerns that the government's standard method for calculating councils' objectively assessed housing need would be watered down have proved unfounded.
Government proposals to amend the rules governing release of green belt land are billed as strengthening protection for these areas, but some in the sector suspect that the revisions may have the opposite effect.
The most important factor restricting the rate at which planning permissions on large sites are built out is housebuilders' unwillingness to release so many homes into a local market at the same time that the prices would drop.