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Pickles bucks devolution trend

The communities secretary's conference speech committed his Party to opposing English regional devolution and lauded his own efforts to build more homes, but he carefully avoided the contentious planning issues that vex his Party's rank and file.
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Pickles recuses himself

DCLG has called in the Lodge Hill plan to build 5,000 homes on an SSSI but the communities secretary will not take the decision himself due to his membership of the RSPB.
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UKIP calls for brownfield revolution

UKIP has called for a national brownfield agency, a national register of brownfield land, a £5bn bond issue to finance brownfield reclamation and elimination of stamp duty from brownfield.
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Glasgow agrees Sighthill strategy

The City Council has agreed a delivery and procurement strategy for the Sighthill area.
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Planners propose strategic co-operation

The RTPI has put forward proposals for more co-operation on strategic planning.
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lockedLocal authority plans housing zone bid

A local authority outside Greater London has decided to try to assemble a bid for a brownfield housing zone by the 3 October deadline.
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Miliband joins garden city bandwagon

Ed Miliband's conference speech included a commitment to a "new generation of towns, garden cities and suburbs".
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Pickles weighs weights

The communities secretary has considered different types of weight in a planning decision over greenfield development in Hampshire and come down in favour of destroying 20ha of farmland to make way for housing.
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TCPA launches attack on brownfield

The TCPA has published a pamphlet which says there are 10 popular misconceptions about garden cities, launches an attack on brownfield-first and denies it still supports long-standing garden city principles like low density.
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Mixed messages from Labour

Shadow planning minister Roberta Blackman-Woods has called for a new generation of garden cities but upset the Federation of Master Builders by apparently calling for reintroduction of brownfield-first.
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