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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.

Plans for 35-hectare Leicestershire warehouse and distribution hub submitted

Plans for 35-hectare Leicestershire warehouse and distribution hub submitted

Hybrid plans for a new 35-hectare warehouse and distribution hub near the M42 in Leicestershire have been submitted.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed that councils should start using the government's new standard method for assessing housing need immediately when determining applications.

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How communities are using neighbourhood plans to block second homes

How communities are using neighbourhood plans to block second homes

Other communities are following the example of St Ives in the struggle to prevent the spread of second homes, but what challenges do they face? Colin Marrs reports.

Why Greater Manchester authorities have again delayed publication of their revised spatial framework

Why Greater Manchester authorities have again delayed publication of their revised spatial framework

Revised population projections and prospects of a lower housing need requirement for the Greater Manchester conurbation are behind the decision to delay consultation on a second version of the area's strategic framework until the autumn, say observers.

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.

How Croydon Council and other authorities aim to boost housebuilding on small sites

How Croydon Council and other authorities aim to boost housebuilding on small sites

The draft National Planning Policy Framework requirement to allocate small sites for housing delivery is posing difficulties for some council planners, writes Stuart Watson.


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Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Delays in decision-making on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) used to be an exceptional circumstance. Only one of the first 42 decisions missed the three month decision deadline. But suddenly they are becoming commonplace.

It's time for a hut revolution, by Chris Brown

Regulation can impact the built environment in ways that are largely invisible. For example, most European countries, indeed western countries generally, have a tradition of dachas, baches, huts which are basic recreation accommodation in rural, wooded or coastal locations.

Applicants as well as authorities need to raise their games, by Richard Garlick

Discussions about how to speed up the planning process usually seem to default to complaints about local planning authority performance, and what could be done to improve it.

Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Six years ago, the publication of the draft version of the National Planning Policy Framework for consultation unleashed a storm of protest.

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