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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.

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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

25/11/2016

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Keepmoat secures permission for 1,000-home scheme

23/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

A house builder has secured planning permission for a £160m scheme in Nottinghamshire.

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The rural challenge

03/05/2016 | By David Orr

We’re all complicit in our rural housing crisis, says David Orr

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Network Rail company to sell land for new homes

28/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Network Rail has established a property company to release surplus land for new homes in an attempt to raise £1.8bn for rail improvements.

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Clark approves 1,500-home green belt scheme

01/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

A contentious plan to build 1,500 homes on green belt land in Gloucestershire has been approved by Greg Clark.

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MPs call for review of NPPF

01/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

MPs have called for the government to carry out a comprehensive review of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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Government invites bids for Starter Homes cash

16/03/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government is calling for local authorities to apply for a £1.2bn fund to prepare brownfield land for Starter Homes.

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Green vision defect

15/03/2016 | By Colin Wiles

By ruling out development on green belt land, the two main candidates to be London’s mayor have failed in their duty to priced-out Londoners, writes Colin Wiles.

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Government to buy sites for Starter Homes

29/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

The government is planning to buy sites on the open market for new Starter Homes, as well as eventually offering direct grant funding to developers to build them.

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Associations given head start on land bids

22/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations have become eligible for a two-month head start over private sector competitors when bidding for public land, Inside Housing can reveal.

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The need for speed

15/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Is the government going to succeed in its bid to speed up housebuilding? Pete Apps analyses its latest attempt.

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East midlands councils finalise devo offer

77,000 homes in north Midlands devolution bid

12/01/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils in the Midlands have revealed the details of housing plans in their draft devolution agreement and called on the government to “seal the deal”.

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Manchester 'should increase housing targets'

11/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Greater Manchester should set a housing target of 16,000 homes per year to combat a major shortage of affordable and family housing, a new campaign group has warned.

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Direct commissioning work 'could be years away'

08/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

The start of building work on some direct commissioning pilot sites could be years away, Inside Housing can reveal.

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Plan for 30,000 Cardiff homes approved

06/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Nearly 30,000 homes are set to be built in Cardiff over the next decade, after the city’s development plan was approved by inspectors.