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Planners decry brownfield proposals

The Royal Town Planning Institute has joined the chorus of criticism of DCLG's proposals for brownfield housing local development orders in the January consultation paper.
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Pickles frees further change of use

The communities secretary has defended the Government's record on brownfield and green belts and outlined a series of moves to free up change of use and other measures in a Commons written statement.
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lockedProperty industry decries brownfield plans

The British Property Federation's response to the DCLG brownfield LDO consultation says it would slow development, ignore non-housing needs and drastically reduce the amount of brownfield land considered suitable for development,
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Starter homes initiative warning

Senior planners say the Government's starter homes scheme for brownfield sites could become a nightmare thanks to challenges over site valuations and funding.
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lockedWelsh Government funds residential remediation

The Welsh Government has agreed to help fund the remediation of 18 residential properties.
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lockedCautious optimism prevails

The annual property show MIPIM reveals trends in property which affect the whole market and this year was no different.
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Osborne promises flexible and resilient planning

George Osborne has promised more flexible planning, revised CPO operation and cautious devolution.
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Brownfield criteria warning

A coalition of environmental groups has welcomed the commitment in DCLG's January consultation to maximize brownfield house building, but say the detailed proposals are likely to hinder rather than help and the paper contains a thinly veiled attack on the planning system.
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lockedNational quality mark views sought

Consultations are underway on the proposals for a national quality mark scheme for land affected by contamination and suitably qualified persons.
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lockedAgency to be consulted less

DEFRA has confirmed it will remove the Environment Agency's statutory consultation role in respect of six types of planning application, including waste disposal on land and those close to old landfills, but will retain it for filling stations and cemeteries.
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