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England round-up: Housing white paper details; Lords debate planning conditions in Neighbourhood Planning Bill

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4 February-10 February, 2017

Housing white paper: Rising land values not addressed, says RTPI

The RTPI has welcomed a number of measures in the government’s long-awaited housing white paper, but highlights its failure to address how to capture rising land values to benefit communities.

The Planner

Housing white paper: Right homes, right places

The government’s housing white paper aims to simplify plan-making so it is easier for communities to produce plans and for developers to follow them.

The Planner

Housing white paper: Building homes faster

Measures in the government’s housing white paper seek to reduce the scope for local and neighbourhood plans to be undermined by changing the way that land supply for housing is assessed.

The Planner

Housing white paper: Market diversification

The government has laid out measures to support backing small and medium-sized builders to grow and build more homes.

The Planner

Housing white paper: Government vows to help people now

The government has pledged to help people to continue to support people to buy their own home through Help to Buy and starter homes.

The Planner

Government housing white paper pledges to boost planning resources

Planning fees are to be raised by 20 per cent under a government pledge to increase resources announced in the housing white paper.

The Planner

Shortlist announced for RTPI excellence awards

Ninety finalists have made the shortlist for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2017.

The Planner

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Lords debate planning conditions

The House of Lords has debated what power the secretary of state should have over planning conditions and whether or not the power should extend to development orders in their consideration of the Neigbourhood Planning Bill.

The Planner

Dorset council unitary authority proposals move closer

A bid to merge all council services in Dorset under the control of two new authorities has moved a step closer.

BBC News

Approval confirmed for first phase of Yorkshire Post site development

The first phase of the regeneration of the former Yorkshire Post site in Leeds has taken a major step forward after reserved matters approval was confirmed by the Leeds City Council.

Insider Media

New Drake’s Island plans lodged 

New plans to redevelop Drake's Island in Plymouth, including a luxury hotel and education centre, have been submitted.

Insider Media

Thousands of homes will be built in London suburbs

Tens of thousands of homes are to be built in London’s suburbs under a blueprint to tackle the housing crisis blighting the capital, according to the Evening Standard.

Evening Standard

Rail franchising system ‘not fit for purpose’, MPs warn

The UK’s rail franchising model is “no longer fit for purpose” and is failing passengers, MPs have warned.

BBC News

New-look plans in for Cheshire watersports centre

New-look proposals have been submitted to the council to create an activity centre for wakeboarders, kayakers and swimmers on a green belt site near Alderley Edge.

Insider Media Limited

Plans in for 31-storey waterfront tower

Plans to build a 31-storey apartment tower on Liverpool’s waterfront have been submitted for approval.

Your Move Magazine

£520m HS2 phase 2 design contracts awarded

Plans to bring HS2 to Manchester and Leeds have taken a step forward with the award of the four key development and design contracts.

Construction Enquirer

Plans for 40 apartments in Bradford city building

Plans have been submitted to turn a five-storey office building into 40 apartments just outside Bradford city centre.

The Telegraph and Argus

Delay on plans to turn Brandon bingo hall into homes

A decision on plans that could see an old bingo hall site turned into residential properties will not be made for another month.

Bury Free Press

NFU welcomes new planning rules for farming

The National Farmers' Union has welcomed new government planning guidance on farm shops, polytunnels and farm reservoirs which will enable farm businesses to continue to grow.

National Farmers’ Union