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News published November 2015

  • MPs question City Deal accountability and effectiveness

    Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015

    The Department for Communities and Local Government must work with local areas to strengthen local scrutiny and accountability arrangements as City Deals are implemented, MPs have insisted.

  • Planning round-up 19 November

    Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015

    House-building booms. Blackpool Airport gains. Enterprise Zone status. Chippenham sites plan criticised by inspector. Fund to tackle ‘beds-in-sheds’. And more stories...

  • Research identifies out-of-date employment land requirements

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    Much of the evidence base for employment land requirements in local development plans and used for planning determinations is out of date, research by consultancy Turley has shown.

  • Pressure grows on planning fee reform

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has stepped up its pressure on the Government to allow councils to set their own planning fees.

  • Brandon Lewis urges more shared planning services

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    Planning minister Brandon Lewis has urged more councils to share planning services when he answered question in Parliament this week.

  • Steel City urban extensions mooted

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    Sheffield City Council this week started preliminary consultations on its new development plan which includes the possibility of providing thousands of new homes in a series of urban extensions.

  • Greater Cambridge increases homes target

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    Planning authorities in and around Cambridge, one of the fastest-growing areas of England, have increased their local plans’ housing target by 500 homes.

  • Planning round-up 12 November

    Published: Thursday, 12th November 2015

    Decision on Taunton urban extension deferred. TCPA report calls for 310,000 new. Homes a year. Whitehall cuts accepted by DCLG, Defra and DfT. Cherwell custom-build LDO approved. And more stories...

  • Housing and Planning bill survives Parliamentary scrutiny during second reading

    Published: Thursday, 5th November 2015

    The Government’s Housing and Planning bill faced heavy opposition in Parliament this week as the legislation comfortably negotiated its second reading stage in the Commons.

  • Chancellor confirms £100bn spend on infrastructure will be centre-piece of Autumn Statement

    Published: Thursday, 5th November 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne has committed to spending £100bn on new UK infrastructure over the lifetime of the current Parliament.

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