Developers, housebuilders and planners have urged the government to follow Scotland's lead and allow the automatic extensions of planning permissions due to expire during the coronavirus crisis, with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) describing the move as a "measured and pragmatic approach" in "unprecedented times".
Planning decisions in Manchester will be taken by the council’s chief executive for up to eight months, after councillors agreed to grant delegated authority during the coronavirus outbreak.
The housing ministry has proposed a shake-up of its standard method of assessing housing need. Commentators say this has been prompted by ministers' concerns about the loss of green belt and greenfield land, but opinions differ as to how radical the changes might be.
In February, before the coronavirus made electioneering in the capital a less urgent priority, London mayor Sadiq Khan put out a press release. It revealed statistics showing that he was on course to meet his affordable housing target this year – to see work started on 17,000 affordable homes. If he achieves it, it will be the first time in four years he has come close to that kind of level.
The influence of the new Number 10 special adviser is likely to be boosted by the centralisation of power signalled by the latest cabinet reshuffle, say insiders, but Jack Airey could still face challenges from within Whitehall in turning his ideas into government policy.
While the Tamworth MP does not have much of a track record when it comes to planning, experts say the latest housing minister is a Boris Johnson loyalist who has been appointed to help deliver Number 10's agenda.
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- Deputy Team Leader – Planning Applications Ashford Borough Council Ashford, Kent
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.
With the election in full swing, it remains difficult to know just what form Brexit might take - if indeed it happens. It is even harder to guess what impacts it might have on planning and development.
With Parliament in recess and the High Court closed, August is typically a month when planning policy and legal activity grinds to a halt. But this year, there's plenty for Planning readers to catch up on during their summer holidays.
Firm policy commitments from the two remaining Tory leadership candidates have been thin on the ground.