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News published June 2015

  • Think-tank urges new local housing delivery bodies

    Published: Friday, 19th June 2015

    New local bodies called ‘Local Place Partnerships’ (LPPs) led by local authorities should be established to ensure new housing and infrastructure is provided, think tank ResPublica has advocated.

  • Planning round-up 18 June

    Published: Friday, 19th June 2015

    MP urges axe for traveller sites policy. Developers want CPO blight changes. Rare spiders see off Plymouth homes. Heathrow neighbourhood plan. Don Valley Stadium redevelopment. And more stories...

  • Clark intervenes over Essex local plan

    Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015

    Communities Secretary Greg Clark has intervened over the fate of Maldon district council’s emerging local plan and directed that it is submitted to him for approval.

  • Green light for Swansea tidal lagoon

    Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015

    Ministers have granted planning approval in the shape of a Development Consent Order for the construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon at a site in Swansea Bay.

  • LPAs need more controls over land banking

    Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015

    Local authorities need new measures including “use it or lose it” powers to accelerate the amount of new housing in the right places according to countryside lobby group.

  • Minister insists devolution bill not just for big cities

    Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015

    The government has stressed that its city devolution bill was not just about greater Manchester and the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’, but would also provide opportunities for other urban areas.

  • Chocks away for Filton Airport proposals

    Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015

    Proposals to redevelop the former Filton Airfield on the outskirts of Bristol with a major new housing scheme have been approved by South Gloucestershire council.

  • Planning round-up 11 June

    Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

    Councils wary of NPPF viability test and affordable homes. Study on new development impact on house prices. Government housing taskforce announced. And more stories...

  • Former DCLG permanent secretary slams government housing policies

    Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

    Lord Kerslake, formerly the top civil servant in the Department of Communities and Local Government, told ministers this week that two new key Conservative policies were wrong in principle

  • Transport Secretary bangs the drum for HS2 and northern infrastructure

    Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that the HS2 high-speed rail project as well as investment in new transport infrastructure are key priorities for the new administration.

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