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England round-up: Built environment committee criticises government housing policy; Consultation launched on new planning proposals

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 13 February-19 February, 2016

Built environment committee criticises government housing policy

The current government policy is “unlikely” to meet the demand for both the quality and quantity of housing required in England, the National Policy for the Built Environment Committee has said.

The Planner

Consultation launched on new planning proposals

Proposals that would see councils competing to process planning applications and national planning fees increased will be considered in a consultation launched by the government.

The Planner

Government seeks Londoners’ views on extending homes upwards

The government has launched a consultation to seek views on an “innovative approach” to supporting housing supply in London by allowing greater freedom to build up rather than build out.

The Planner

Starter homes will be unaffordable for those in need, says LGA

Starter homes offered at discounted prices could by unattainable for most families in need of affordable homes across England, according to the Local Government Association.

The Planner

Help to Buy has boosted housing market confidence, says government

A government report on the Help to Buy housing scheme has found little evidence that it has pushed up housing prices.

Express and Star

Councils 'should use NHS land to build supported housing'

Local authorities should work with the DCLG, the Department of Health, NHS England and the Treasury to explore the case for using NHS land to create more supported housing for vulnerable people with mental health issues, the mental health task force said in its final report.

Public Sector Executive

Guardian opinion: Reimagining park life: how Britain’s green spaces are scrambling for cash

Peter Watts asks “how can cash-strapped councils bring in private money without turning parks into grassy high streets?”

The Guardian

New Thames Crossing: Is Option A still on the table?

Information which came to light on 16 February suggests Highways England or the government has not ditched proposals for a Thames crossing close to the current bridge and tunnels.

Your Thurrock

New planning guidance emphasises importance of housing evidence to neighbourhood planning

Changes to planning guidance have placed additional emphasis on the importance of local housing needs to the neighbourhood planning process.


5,000 homes planned for green belt land in Finham and Westwood Heath

Almost 5,000 new homes could be built on green belt land next to Coventry’s border after a neighbouring council revealed its growth plans for the next decade.

Coventry Telegraph

Brandon Lewis: We are turning around the housing market

New figures show the success of government initiatives in giving hard-working families across the country the chance to realise their ambition of home ownership, claims housing minister Brandon Lewis.

UK Government

Green light given to over 80 pocket parks

More than 80 unloved and neglected urban spaces across the country will be transformed into green oases for everyone to use, the government has announced.

UK Government

Navigating the 'rigid and evolving' Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects consenting regime

The consenting regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) can be rigid and is still evolving, which means that there is plenty that promoters, consultants, advisers and the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) can learn from each other, writes Nick McDonald, Pinsent Masons.