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Compensation restrictions would be 'unjust', says compulsory purchase body

Compensation restrictions would be 'unjust', says compulsory purchase body

A professional body has warned that proposals to restrict compulsory purchase compensation to the land's existing use value would be 'unjust' and a 'damaging' form of state intervention.

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.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Policy Summary: Consultation on Clean Air Strategy to update law and boost local authority powers

Policy Summary: Consultation on Clean Air Strategy to update law and boost local authority powers

POLICY: Draft Clean Air Strategy 2018.

Why court ruling may only postpone small site viability reviews

Why court ruling may only postpone small site viability reviews

Developers of small schemes in London lacking a policy-compliant level of affordable housing may have won only a temporary reprieve from a controversial viability review requirement, observers predict.

Policy Briefing: Are London developers giving up on tall buildings?

Policy Briefing: Are London developers giving up on tall buildings?

Does a drop in the number of planning applications for tall buildings indicate a trend or a blip? Grant Leggett weighs up the issue.

Why key organisations are worried by policy shift on affordable homes

Why key organisations are worried by policy shift on affordable homes

Consultation responses to the government's proposals to update planning policy reveal deep alarm over their potential impact on affordable housing supply.

Policy Briefing: Update on the Scottish Planning Bill

Policy Briefing: Update on the Scottish Planning Bill

The bill, currently under scrutiny, aims to deliver more housing and refocus planning, writes Neil Collar.

Seven things we learned at the National Planning Summit

Seven things we learned at the National Planning Summit

The National Planning Summit took place in London yesterday. Here are seven key messages Planning took away from the event.

What the new housing secretary could have in store for planning

What the new housing secretary could have in store for planning

The appointment of a close Theresa May ally at the helm of the housing ministry signals broad continuity when it comes to planning, commentators say.

Policy Briefing: What will be the impact of Court of Appeal ruling on 'isolated homes'?

Policy Briefing: What will be the impact of Court of Appeal ruling on 'isolated homes'?

A judge has clarified when a proposed home should be seen as too remote, writes Lachlan Robertson.


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