Policy Updates


Parliamentary group to push housing

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning is to be reformulated to push house building.
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Local plan seizure threat grows

Planning minister Brandon Lewis has threatened to take control of any English local plan not published by early 2017, prompting accusations of undermining localism.
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SSSI fracking ban U-turn

Draft regulations show the Government has dropped its previous commitment to ban hydraulic fracturing headworks in sites of special scientific interest.
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Northumberland sprawl rejected

The communities secretary has rejected a green belt development which may have significant implications for green belt releases and NPPF policy.
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lockedLEPs lack firm foundations say planners

A report says LEPs have an opaque remit and lack firm institutional foundations.
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Opposition unites against Osborne plan

Opposition to George Osborne's plans to end planning of brownfield housing schemes is bringing together both supporters and opponents of brownfield development.
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Automatic planning consent risks creating slums

The TCPA warns that automatic planning permission risks creating the "slums of the future" and, despite the Government commitment to localism, local people are increasingly losing their say in how their communities are developed.
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BPF welcomes zoning proposals

The Federation welcomes the Budget's focus on brownfield but warns the Government's measures will be undermined if resource issues in council planning departments is not addressed.
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Budget prompts brownfield-first call

Campaigners say the most effective support the Government could give to brownfield development would be a resumption of brownfield-first policies.
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An end to democracy in planning?

Senior planners have warned that giving automatic planning permissions for housing on sites on brownfield registers risks an end to local democracy in planning.
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