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News published March 2016

  • Peers crank up the ante on starter homes as bill grinds through the Lords

    Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

    The government was warned this week that starter homes in London would be inaccessible to between 70 and 80 per cent of private renters.

  • Clark dismisses Maidstone homes appeal but allows Hertfordshire residential schemes

    Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

    Mixed fortunes for two significant housing schemes, both the subject of recovered planning appeals determined by Communities secretary Greg Clark recently.

  • Transport experts claim airport expansion green issues can be solved

    Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

    Concerns over noise and local air quality which pose a major question mark over the expansion of airport capacity in south east England are significant but not insurmountable issues.

  • Planning round-up 10 March 2016

    Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

    Latest housing stats. New planning regime for key Welsh infrastructure schemes. Community assets progress. NIC bangs drum for smart power. Go-ahead for Manchester airport expansion. And more stories..

  • Peers take aim at starter homes policy as bill is scrutinised

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    Peers from across the political spectrum queued up to voice concern over the government’s policy on starter homes this week during detailed discussion on the Housing and Planning Bill.

  • New towns take on health issues

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    The head of NHS England this week named 10 new settlements which will be test-beds for so-called ‘healthy new towns’.

  • HCA successfully appeals refusal of Northampton urban extension

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has successfully appealed refusal of its outline application for a 1,000-home sustainable urban extension.

  • MPs call for HS2 changes

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    The Commons Select Committee considering the hybrid bill for the HS2 project has completed its work having notched up 160 days of sittings over nearly two years and dealt with nearly 1,600 petitions.

  • Report warns of Northern city economic slippage

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    A new Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) study has highlighted that 10 of the UK’s top 12 struggling cities are based in the North and risk being left behind by the attempts to boost economic growth.

  • Planning round-up 3 March 2016

    Published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

    Housing starts and completions on the up. Council concern over starter homes policy. CBI wish-list for infrastructure. Oxfordshire carve-up proposed as part of devolution deal. And more stories...

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