Policy Updates

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Osborne plans brownfield planning curbs

The Treasury is expected to publish proposals to remove councils' detailed planning powers for housing on brownfield sites.
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MPs reject garden city push

MPs considering the Infrastructure Bill committee stage have rejected an attempt by garden city enthusiasts to insert principles to make the new greenfield settlements easier.
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Minister ponders housing assessments

Brandon Lewis has written to the Planning Inspectorate saying councils should carefully consider strategic housing market assessments, widely suspected of artificially inflating greenfield housing land demands, taking adequate time, before they consider reducing them by considering constraints.
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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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