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Ministers promise to revamp and expand Housing Infrastructure Fund

Ministers promise to revamp and expand Housing Infrastructure Fund

Ministers have revealed that the government is pressing ahead with a revamp and expansion of its Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and promised that the upcoming Planning White Paper will look at revising the compulsory purchase process.

Over 13,500 affordable homes lost due to PD office conversions, says LGA

Over 13,500 affordable homes lost due to PD office conversions, says LGA

More than 13,500 affordable homes have been lost over the past four years as a result of developers using permitted development (PD) rights to sidestep planning permission for office to residential conversions, the Local Government Association (LGA) has calculated.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

How new planning guidance on light pollution changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How new planning guidance on light pollution changes the system: the Planning Briefing

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

Seven key tasks in the new government's in-tray

Seven key tasks in the new government's in-tray

Some key areas of unfinished business face the new Conservative government. Below, we outline seven of the most significant tasks.

The system needs proactive changes, not a structural overhaul, by Catriona Riddell

The system needs proactive changes, not a structural overhaul, by Catriona Riddell

By the time you read this, we will have a new government. We need stability to get on with the job of making good places, and a wholesale review of the system is the last thing that is required. But there are things that government can do to deliver better outcomes.

What the new Tory government has in store for planning

What the new Tory government has in store for planning

Following the promised planning changes in the Tory manifesto, some observers believe we can expect a "radical" programme of further deregulation and simplification of the system, though such a move is likely to face fierce opposition in certain quarters.

How new planning guidance on CIL changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How new planning guidance on CIL changes the system: the Planning Briefing

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

Does the Conservative manifesto indicate lower housebuilding ambitions?

Does the Conservative manifesto indicate lower housebuilding ambitions?

The Conservative Party's new general election manifesto includes lower short-term housebuilding targets than its 2017 predecessor. Some commentators wonder whether the party is downscaling its housing delivery ambitions.

The planning promises expected in the general election manifestos

The planning promises expected in the general election manifestos

While the Conservatives' manifesto is likely to continue the current government's focus on the 'beauty' agenda and further planning deregulation to speed up housing delivery, observers predict that Labour will make building affordable homes and land value capture key policy pledges.