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Councils and developers welcome Supreme Court planning judgement

10/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils and developers have welcomed a landmark Supreme Court judgement that has ruled on councils’ powers to block new developments.

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White Paper gives too much green belt protection, say sector bodies

10/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sector bodies have criticised the government for failing to use the Housing White Paper as a chance to step up the release of green belt land.


Sadiq Khan intervenes in Mill Hill planning refusal


Sadiq Khan has ‘called in’ a decision by Barnet Council to refuse planning permission at a Mill Hill scheme being proposed by Barratt Homes.

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Exception to the rule Video

03/05/2017 | By Emily Twinch

Councils are often accused of not doing enough with rural exception sites but, as Emily Twinch finds, Cornwall is bucking the trend

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Javid rejects proposals to build on green belt

21/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has rejected two developers’ appeals against planning permission decisions because they would involve “significant development” on green belt land.

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Brownfield register rules come into force

03/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

New rules for councils on registers of underused land for new homes have come into force, housing minister Gavin Barwell confirmed today.


Public land sales lag well below target

20/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has sold enough land for less than 14,000 homes, leaving it well off the pace required to meet its target to dispose of land for 160,000 homes in this parliament.


The land grabbers

09/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q’s acquisition of Gallagher Estates is a milestone in the housing association sector’s march into the land market. Nick Johnstone looks at the risk and reward


White Paper: calls for development presumption on brownfield land

02/02/2017 | By News team

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.


House builders launch neighbourhood planning judicial review

26/01/2017 | By Simon Brandon

A group of 25 house builders and land promoters have launched a judicial review against a rule change allowing councils with Neighbourhood Plans to block development.

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Hyde considers appeal for 100% affordable plan at Croydon golf course

26/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Hyde Group has said it is considering appealing Croydon Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a scheme containing 129 affordable units in Croydon.


Barwell: we want to end local political resistance to new housing

23/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The housing minister hopes to end local political resistance to housing developments through better design quality and the provision of upfront infrastructure.

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Fifty-eight per cent of councillors expect to build on green belt

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Fifty-eight per cent of councillors have said they expect to allocate green belt land for new housing over the next five years, according to a survey.


Builders hit back at Javid landbank threat

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

House builders have hit back at a threat by communities secretary Sajid Javid to tackle alleged landbanking.


Local MP pledges to fight Birmingham plan decision

29/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A Conservative MP has vowed to fight the government’s decision to give the go-ahead to Birmingham’s development plans “by all legal means”.

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Sajid Javid: building the homes we need


Sajid Javid warns house builders build-out rates must increase, in a hard-hitting speech to the National House Building Council annual lunch


Barwell lifts block on Birmingham's 15-year housing strategy

25/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has lifted a controversial block on Birmingham’s 15-year strategy for the building of tens of thousands of new homes.

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L&Q and Fairview in 800-home site acquisition

23/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q and Fairview Homes have teamed up to buy a 5.5-acre plot of land in Park Royal, north-west London in their first 50/50 joint venture together.


RTPI: green belt should be considered for housing

10/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The green belt should be considered for new housing, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

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MoD identifies further 56 sites for sale

08/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Ministry of Defence has identified a further 56 sites to sell, as it moves towards its target of releasing enough land for the development of 55,000 homes by 2020.

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Burnham concerned over Greater Manchester green belt plans

31/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Greater Manchester mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham has hit out at the region’s plan to build on green belt land.


Green belt v housing need: the battles raising big questions about the government's approach to planning Video

13/10/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

The Local Plans of two major West Midlands councils currently hang in the balance. The result could impact on plan-making for new homes across England. Martin Hilditch investigates


Healey accuses Barwell of granting 'political mate's favour'

12/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The shadow housing secretary has accused Gavin Barwell of pausing Bradford Council’s Local Plan as a “political ‘mate’s favour’”.

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Barwell blocks council's Local Plan over green belt development

12/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Gavin Barwell has forced Bradford Council to pause its Local Plan because the council wants to build 11,000 homes on green belt land.


1,000 hectares removed from green belt

09/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

More than 1,000 hectares of land were removed from the green belt last year - the second-highest figure in the past six years.

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Barwell hits back at 'nimby' claims

09/08/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Gavin Barwell has hit back at claims he is a “nimby” - branding criticism of his opposition to a development in his constituency ‘bizarre’.

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Six in 10 councils without an adopted Local Plan

29/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Six in 10 English councils still do not have an up-to-date adopted Local Plan, just eight months before a key deadline.

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New DCLG ministers pledge to protect green belt

19/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

New ministers in the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have pledged to protect the green belt from development.

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Government rejects Gypsy and Traveller application for green belt land

07/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The secretary of state has rejected planning permission for a Gypsy and Traveller site because it would mean building on green belt land.

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Joint operation Video

30/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

By going into partnerships with councils, can the NHS free up land for housing? Sophie Barnes reports on a government initiative to smooth the way for such tie-ups

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Building the new garden city Video

29/06/2016 | By Peter Apps

The new city planned for Ebbsfleet has been dogged by delays - but is it finally beginning to blossom? Pete Apps reports

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Why Bootle’s building on this national park Video

28/06/2016 | By Emily Twinch

Building in national parks is usually met with firm opposition from residents. One Cumbrian town is breaking the mould. Emily Twinch finds out why

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Housing associations criticise council's reduced homes target

24/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations in York have criticised the local council for slashing the target number of homes and land for development in its Local Plan.

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Nowhere to go Video

23/06/2016 | By Nick Duxbury

A change in planning rules threatens to conceal the needs of thousands of the most vulnerable Gypsies and Travellers. Nick Duxbury reports

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Two councils in ring on housing need Video

21/06/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

Luton and Central Bedfordshire Council have been locked in conflict over how best to meet cross-boundary housing need. Martin Hilditch investigates how the government’s duty to cooperate is panning out in practice


Clark blocks 94-home affordable scheme

14/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Secretary of State has rejected a planning application for 94 affordable homes in Ipswich because of concerns it will not be an “inclusive and mixed” community.

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First homes at Northstowe outlined

08/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

A public consultation has been launched for the first 92 homes at the much-heralded new town of Northstowe.

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Green belt development given final go-ahead

06/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Edinburgh Council has granted planning permission for a 1,350-home development on green belt land that was criticised by its own planning officials.

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Lewis halts Birmingham plan

31/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Birmingham City Council has been forced to pause its Local Plan following intervention from Brandon Lewis.