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Rural and student housing advice included in new guidance on meeting needs for 'different groups'

Rural and student housing advice included in new guidance on meeting needs for 'different groups'

Blanket planning policies restricting housing development in some types of rural settlement "will need to be supported by robust evidence", new planning guidance on the "housing needs of different groups" advises.

New housing supply guidance outlines evidence required to define 'deliverable' sites

New housing supply guidance outlines evidence required to define 'deliverable' sites

New planning guidance published yesterday has set out the evidence that may be provided to support the inclusion of sites within a local authority's five year housing land supply.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Planners will need to become familiarised with key design principles when assessing proposals, say David Birkbeck and Dr Stefan Kruczkowski.

The public needs to see that the standard method is free from political tinkering, by Richard Garlick

The public needs to see that the standard method is free from political tinkering, by Richard Garlick

Plenty of planning authorities will be finding the figures generated by the government's standard method for assessing housing need uncomfortably large.

How the developer contribution rules have changed: the Planning briefing

How the developer contribution rules have changed: the Planning briefing

The key changes to how local authorities charge, collect and report on developer contributions, and their implications. Mark Wilding reports.

What new guidance on older people's housing means for applicants and authorities

What new guidance on older people's housing means for applicants and authorities

Practioners have questioned whether the government's first dedicated guidance on housing for older and disabled people will make much difference to the provision of such developments, especially without bolder action on use classes and site allocations.

The prospects of May's space standards call being pursued by her successor

The prospects of May's space standards call being pursued by her successor

Commentators are unsure if the outgoing Prime Minister's call for mandatory space standards in new homes will ever be implemented by her successor, but warn that such a move could make development less viable in places.

What we know about Jeremy Hunt's approach to planning

What we know about Jeremy Hunt's approach to planning

The current foreign secretary adopted a strongly localist stance earlier in his Parliamentary career but has recently indicated far more pro-development views.

Why a court ruling may make it harder for developers to use the NPPF's 'tilted balance' to win consent

Why a court ruling may make it harder for developers to use the NPPF's 'tilted balance' to win consent

A court ruling that last week quashed a secretary of state housing permission may make it harder for applicants to cite the National Planning Policy Framework's 'tilted balance' in favour of development, say some legal advisers. But other experts disagree.

Policy Summary: Environment Agency draft strategy for combating flood risk

Policy Summary: Environment Agency draft strategy for combating flood risk

POLICY: Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England.


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