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News published September 2016

  • Javid blocks Newmarket housing development

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Communities Secretary refuses outline permission for 400-home development at Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket...

  • Neighbourhood planning regime changes confirmed

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Consultation response reaffirms government intension to make it easier for residents and business to come together to produce a neighbourhood plan...

  • M4 upgrade approved

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Transport Secretary grants Development Consent Order to upgrade a 51 kilometre stretch of the M4 to a “smart motorway” despite part of the project lying within metropolitan green belt…

  • Builders warn new water charges could delay and curb new housing

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Home Builders Federation complain that Ofwat’s proposed charging regime changes for new water and sewerage connections will cause huge increases in costs for developers…

  • Planning round-up 8 September 2016

    Published: Thursday, 8th September 2016

    Neighbourhood Planning Bill published. Parliament says health should be a ‘material consideration’ for planning proposals. Moorland transformation. New Welsh flood advice. And more stories...

  • English housing completions rise by six per cent

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    The latest house building data shows that 139,030 new homes were completed in the year to June 2016, although housing delivery remains short of the rate needed to meet the government’s target…

  • Javid rejects two major Essex developments offering 1,500 new homes

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    Communities Secretary agrees with inspector’s recommendations and dismisses two appeals for large developments in Essex, concluding that neither proposal amounted to sustainable development…

  • Green light for Humber River gas project

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    £150m gas pipeline underneath the River Humber granted development consent by the Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark…

  • Oxfordshire housing scheme allowed by SoS

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    260 home development on the edge of the Oxfordshire town of Witney has been allowed on appeal after it was originally refused because of safety concerns…

  • Wantage neighbourhood plan stalls as report says poorer areas are missing out

    Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

    Planning inspector concludes that the Wantage Neighbourhood Plan failed to promote sustainable development and suffered from “extensive protectionist policies”…

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