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lockedPlanning clobbered hardest by cuts

Planning has emerged as the service hardest hits by council cuts in England and the NAO says DCLG has limited understanding of the problems its cuts are causing.
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How “five-year supplies” are manipulated

A Westminster Hall debate has laid bare how greenfield house builders are misusing requirements for councils to maintain a "five-year" supply to secure ever more consents on unsuitable sites.
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Oldham launches big box vision

Oldham Council has launched a masterplan for the area around the new Metrolink station, but it is heavily dominated by its hopes to attract large retail units.
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Green belt blow to ministers

The Government has approved the new local plan for Newcastle and Gateshead which includes 6,000 green belt homes, despite ministers' protestations their policies now protect green belt land from housing development.
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East Staffordshire plan kicked back

An examiner has ordered the Borough Council to increase house building numbers and revise its sustainability appraisal.
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Portsmouth land deal agreed

Portsmouth Council has exchanged contracts with the MoD to take over two key sites for its Tipner-Horsea regeneration project.
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Cheshire East plan fails tests

The Council has been ordered to reconsider its plans for housing and economic growth.
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Northern Ireland councils must wait for regeneration powers

The Northern Ireland Executive has delayed transfer of urban regeneration powers to local authorities by a year following the decision not to give local authorities the powers of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
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lockedJoint venture targets South East

National Grid has formed a joint venture with a house builder to redevelop sites in London and the South East.
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Early test for green belt rules

St Albans City Council is proposing to allow 4,000 new homes on green belt sites, putting the Government's new green belt policy under immediate strain.
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