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Pincher: Government will go 'further and faster' on brownfield development in coming months

Pincher: Government will go 'further and faster' on brownfield development in coming months

The government intends to go “further and faster” over the coming months to help the development of more brownfield land, including further funding to bring forward such sites and working with councils to "advance brownfield land registers", the housing minister has said.

Government hints at measures to restrict retrospective applications

Government hints at measures to restrict retrospective applications

The government wants to see retrospective planning applications “used only by those who have genuinely made a mistake”, a housing department minister has told MPs, as part of forthcoming measures to tighten up enforcement rules.

Housing target pressures and budget cuts 'resulting in planning consents on flood risk land’

Housing target pressures and budget cuts 'resulting in planning consents on flood risk land’

Councils that are “under-resourced and under pressure to deliver housing targets” are approving homes in flood risk areas, with over 5,000 new homes approved in council areas deemed at “high-risk” of flooding so far this year alone, according to a think tank report.

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What the former housing ministry's new levelling up role means for planning

What the former housing ministry's new levelling up role means for planning

The rebranding of the former housing ministry to reflect its new "levelling up" responsibility could see planning and housing delivery given less prominence, practitioners fear. But some believe it may result in a push to boost housing need levels in the English midlands and north and a renewed focus on strategic planning.

What Gove's appointment as housing secretary means for the long-awaited planning bill

What Gove's appointment as housing secretary means for the long-awaited planning bill

The appointment of Michael Gove as housing secretary is likely to mean the government will substantially water down its controversial planning white paper changes, say observers, who now expect the long-awaited planning bill to be delayed until after Christmas.

What the government’s new biodiversity metric means for applicants and authorities

What the government’s new biodiversity metric means for applicants and authorities

The government's new 'metric' that allows planners and applicants to calculate if they meet impending requirements to improve biodiversity levels in new developments has a greater focus on on-site improvements compared to the previous version. But some housebuilders are concerned that it may create viability challenges on brownfield sites, while local authorities could face resource pressures in applying the metric.

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Letter: Why we should not rule out greenfield sites

Letter: Why we should not rule out greenfield sites

As the government changes tack on its changes to the planning system, all options for new housing locations, including greenfield sites, should be part of the solution.

Cross-boundary planning can solve Gove's "levelling up" dilemmas, by Catriona Riddell

Cross-boundary planning can solve Gove's "levelling up" dilemmas, by Catriona Riddell

Housing secretary Michael Gove can take a more integrated approach to deliver housing by using policy tools available to him through the government’s levelling up agenda.

How 20-minute neighbourhoods could help Gove to level up, by Cliff Hague

How 20-minute neighbourhoods could help Gove to level up, by Cliff Hague

Delivering neighbourhoods in which people can meet most of their daily needs by taking a 20-minute walk should be top of the to-do list for the new levelling up secretary

Bijou budget means the Office for Place may struggle to beautify building, by Joey Gardiner

Bijou budget means the Office for Place may struggle to beautify building, by Joey Gardiner

Nicholas Boys Smith’s new unit has been talked up by ministers, but faces a massive job for a small and newly-formed team.