National Planning Policy
A slim majority of respondents to the Scottish Government’s planning consultation have opposed a dramatic hike in planning fees.
Local Plans should be changed as a “matter of urgency” if there are gaps in providing accessible housing, a cross-party committee of MPs has recommended.
Half of voters think the government’s benefit cuts have gone too far, an Ipsos Mori poll published today has revealed.
The snap general election called by the prime minister yesterday will delay Local Plans and planning decisions, a planning expert has warned.
The National Housing Federation (NHF) has called for the housing crisis to be a “top priority” in the forthcoming general election.
Failing to set up Local Plans could expose almost two-thirds of English councils to new government measures encouraging housing delivery, a new report claims.
Builders’ trade body Homes for Scotland has said it is “extremely disappointed” with the government’s proposals for changes in planning policy.
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced its support for a proposed increase in planning fees.
New rules for councils on registers of underused land for new homes have come into force, housing minister Gavin Barwell confirmed today.
Lambeth Council will be able to force office-to-residential conversions to go through planning, after removing automatic development rights in parts of the borough.
The government will make it easier for councils to police office-to-residential conversions if they can demonstrate they are delivering on their housing targets.
Affordable housing thresholds set by councils while they draw up Local Plans could be dismissed after a High Court case went against a North Yorkshire authority this week.
The government is considering a radical shake-up of planning negotiations, by rolling affordable housing payments into a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime.
Planning departments approved 6% more residential applications than a year ago, official statistics released today show.
The government will consider a radical scheme to place rough sleepers with mental health and substance abuse problems in permanent housing before they begin receiving treatment.
A second independence referendum in Scotland risks “uncertainty” in the land and property markets, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland has warned.
Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap.
Housing benefit recipients are being pushed out of the UK private rental market, a survey of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors members has revealed.
The government has refused to publish its equalities assessment into the removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds.
The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies.
Three councils met with Department for Communities and Local Government officials to discuss bespoke deals over rent and borrowing last Thursday.
Councils are spending £2m a day on temporary accommodation because of a shortage of housing, analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.
The government will change its bedroom tax regulations five months after the Supreme Court ruled the policy was discriminatory for some households with a disabled person.
The High Court has granted a legal challenge of the lower benefit cap brought by four single-parent families.
The housing minister has pledged to look again at Right to Buy rules after he said the policy is “only politically justifiable” if the government is delivering replacement homes.
Scottish ministers have demanded “urgent reassurance” from the UK government over the scrapping of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds.
The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at a government proposal to hand supported housing funding to councils because he fears it will create geographical inequalities.
Councils could reassess plans to build affordable rented homes through housing companies after the government said the Right to Buy should apply to these homes.
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More than half of councils currently set Local Plan targets below assessed need, casting doubt on the government’s plan to tackle town halls “ducking” housing responsibility.
WHITE PAPER: The White Paper should be welcomed by rural housing providers but there is scope for the government to go further, says Sue Chalkley
WHITE PAPER: Local authorities which fail to deliver housing delivery targets set through standard measures will get “caned”, the Homes and Communities Agency chair has warned.
WHITE PAPER: The National Housing Federation has welcomed the government’s White Paper, but called for more to be done to release land for developments.
WHITE PAPER: The government will prepare new guidelines to encourage councils to use compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers to intervene in the housing market and stimulate new building.
WHITE PAPER: The government will introduce a standard method of assessing housing need for councils in a radical shake-up of Local Plans, introduced in today’s Housing White Paper.
Public support for housebuilding has nearly doubled in England since 2010, with particularly strong backing for affordable new homes, according to a research report published today.
The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into housing for older people.
House builders are calling for a presumption in favour of development on suitable brownfield sites as the final lobbying over content of the long-awaited Housing White Paper takes place.
L&Q’s landmark £505m acquisition of one of the country’s largest strategic land companies could result in the delivery of 5,000 new homes every year.
Labour peers will back the Homelessness Reduction Bill when it reaches the House of Lords, but will call for additional funding for councils.