Policy Updates

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MPs back select committee report

MPs from all parties have congratulated the Select Committee on its report on the NPPF.
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No right to know about environment threats

Telling the public the locations of threats from new settlements to their areas, or even how many the Government is discussing, is "not in the public interest", according to planning minister Brandon Lewis.
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lockedNew Category 4 Screening Level moves

A major announcement on Category 4 Screening Levels was made at SoBRA's annual conference.
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Brownfield fund would boost property

The British Property Federation has backed MPs' call for Government brownfield remediation support.
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MPs slam planning policy

MPs of all parties have queued up in the Commons to slam Government planning policy on house building, green belts and localism, but Brandon Lewis remained unmoved.
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lockedNPPF abuses exposed by MPs

An all-party committee of MPs says the National Planning Policy Framework has allowed house builders to secure speculative planning consents and is scathing about brownfield policy.
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NPPF a licence to “game” the system says Trust

A new report from the National Trust shows how flaws in the National Planning Policy Framework allow unscrupulous developers to secure greenfield housing consents outside the local plan system.
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Infrastructure Bill spared garden city content

The Government has resisted pressure from Labour to add garden city provisions to the Infrastructure Bill.
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Osborne’s cuts go on and on…

The chancellor has promised more austerity in his Autumn Statement.
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locked… but he still wants homes built

The Autumn Statement has made money available for housing and major infrastructure, including road building to support greenfield. Some money will come to brownfield development, however.
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