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Home sales won’t finance the brownfield fund

A study by four London boroughs suggests the money raised by selling the most valuable one-third of council homes as they fall vacant will fall far short of financing the Government's hoped-for £1bn brownfield fund, right-to-buy discounts and compensation for housing associations. It would also leave London boroughs ever shorter of affordable housing.
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lockedBrownfield stimulus provokes scepticism

The property industry has welcomed the Housing Bill but remains sceptical about its chances of securing a big increase in brownfield house building.
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Greenfield growth near Trowbridge

Plans have been submitted to destroy 156ha of farmland in Wiltshire.
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lockedPlanners’ warnings on Housing Bill

Planners' organisations have expressed concerns about Housing Bill proposals, especially freeing first-time-buyer home zones from S106 and CIL requirements.
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lockedBrownfield provisions in Queen’s Speech

The Queen's Speech promised bills on devolution and housing, with the latter including brownfield provisions.
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Cambridge growth plans unsound

Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Councils have been warned their draft local plan housing proposals are unsound and they may have to add another 10,000 to the 33,000 new homes they already propose.
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Welsh Planning Bill becomes law

The Welsh Government's Planning Bill has passed the National Assembly and awaits Royal Assent.
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Durham ploughs on with local plan

The County Council is to seek judicial review to force reopening of the examination which rejected its over-optimistic plans for homes growth, including green belt.
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lockedSenior planners seek reforms

The Planning Officers Society says changes to the planning system have left it in need of simplification and it has set out a programme of reform.
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Planners seek more resources

The RTPI is seeking an urgent meeting with the new ministers to urge an increase in resources for planning and other measures.
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