The Northern Ireland Executive has delayed transfer of urban regeneration powers to local authorities by a year following the decision not to give local authorities the powers of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
Labour's Lyons Housing Review has offered some very weak support for stronger brownfield policies, but strongly attacks reliance on brownfield and includes measures to encourage - or enforce - releases of greenfield housing land.
An LGA survey has demonstrated that permitted development rights allowing conversion of offices to flats without planning permission is causing damage to businesses and employment, placing unfunded demands on infrastructure and undermining legitimate development proposals.
The communities secretary's conference speech committed his Party to opposing English regional devolution and lauded his own efforts to build more homes, but he carefully avoided the contentious planning issues that vex his Party's rank and file.
The shadow communities secretary says we need a stronger brownfield policy but was unwilling to say what in advance of Labour's Lyons Review. He had much to say about the importance of land releases to meet a "housing crisis" for young families, however.