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Scottish Government-backed report demands new powers for councils to force site sales

Scottish Government-backed report demands new powers for councils to force site sales

Scottish planning authorities should be given powers to trigger the sale of disused land or property to the highest bidder, a report by a body established by the Scottish Government has recommended.

Rees-Mogg: Build low-density homes to protect character of rural England

Rees-Mogg: Build low-density homes to protect character of rural England

Planning policy should make it easier to build 'small-scale and low-density schemes' that 'protect the character of rural England' but some development should go on green belt land, Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has said.

Scrap affordable housing targets and crack down on 'blatantly landbanking' developers, says Johnson

Scrap affordable housing targets and crack down on 'blatantly landbanking' developers, says Johnson

Developers are 'blatantly landbanking to keep prices high' and 'quotas for affordable housing on each development' should be scrapped, former London mayor and foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said.

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Policy Briefing: What finalised regulations on new towns mean for planners

Policy Briefing: What finalised regulations on new towns mean for planners

Powers to establish locally led new town corporations aim to give councils a lead role in home delivery, say Stephen Hill and Rob Smith.

Policy Summary: The planning appeal inquiries review - terms of reference

Policy Summary: The planning appeal inquiries review - terms of reference

POLICY: Planning appeal inquiries review - terms of reference

What Kit Malthouse's appointment as housing minister means for planning

What Kit Malthouse's appointment as housing minister means for planning

Amid widespread discontent over the rapid turnover of housing ministers under Theresa May's administration, the latest incumbent to take on the post is a strong advocate of local control over planning matters with long experience of local government.

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Why innuendo cries out for rapid action, by Graeme Bell

Why innuendo cries out for rapid action, by Graeme Bell

"They're lying on the planning application." "But there's nothing we can do." "They're powerful enough to get what they want without breaking the law." "That's why it pays to be friends with them. Yeah, they all watch each other's backs."

Government adviser's land value uplift proposals are worth noting, by Richard Garlick

Government adviser's land value uplift proposals are worth noting, by Richard Garlick

During last year's election campaign, the Conservative and Labour parties said that they would pursue a greater share for the public purse of unearned gains conferred on landowners by planning permission or infrastructure development.

Javid shifted focus onto housing delivery but successor must hit the ground running, by John Geoghegan

Javid shifted focus onto housing delivery but successor must hit the ground running, by John Geoghegan

The planning sector has become used to change at the housing ministry. But the appointment of James Brokenshire as housing secretary - the third to lead the department since 2016 - has still come as a surprise to many.

Elections promise changes in local planning policies, by Richard Garlick

Elections promise changes in local planning policies, by Richard Garlick

Next week's local elections have the potential to bring widespread change to political control of local authorities across the country, and with it significant alterations to local planning policy.


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