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Labour pledges to close 'viability loophole' and new land value capture measures

Labour pledges to close 'viability loophole' and new land value capture measures

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.

Government publishes analysis to back up Raab's immigration comments

Government publishes analysis to back up Raab's immigration comments

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 & Legislation In Depth

Policy Summary: Government revises criteria for water projects under major infrastructure regime

Policy Summary: Government revises criteria for water projects under major infrastructure regime

Policy: National Policy Statement for Water Resources: Infrastructure Types and Sizes.

Policy Briefing: How planners and applicants can assess impact on health

Policy Briefing: How planners and applicants can assess impact on health

Health impact assessment is coming to the fore as a tool for improving urban quality, Amber Morley and Richard Laming conclude.

Policy Summary: Draft Planning Practice Guidance on Viability

Policy Summary: Draft Planning Practice Guidance on Viability

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.

Government guidance bids to end time-consuming debates in planning, by Richard Garlick

Government guidance bids to end time-consuming debates in planning, by Richard Garlick

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.

Why housing supply statement route may have a short shelf life

Why housing supply statement route may have a short shelf life

Not all experts are convinced that setting councils' land supply position for a fixed period will reduce scope for argument.

How standard method aims to cut need argument

How standard method aims to cut need argument

Concerns that the government's standard method for calculating councils' objectively assessed housing need would be watered down have proved unfounded.

How framework revisions will affect green belt safeguarding

How framework revisions will affect green belt safeguarding

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.

Housebuilders are Letwin's prime suspects for slow build-out rates, by Richard Garlick

Housebuilders are Letwin's prime suspects for slow build-out rates, by Richard Garlick

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.


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