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Planning news – 16 November 2017

by on November 17, 2017

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Hammond urged to address construction staff shortages in London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to take ‘emergency action’ to support homebuilding in the forthcoming Budget as concerns in the housing industry mount over the impact of Brexit.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Councils should be able to buy land at cheaper prices
Some councils should be designated ‘special housing zones’ in order to flood the market with new homes for sub-market sale or rent, according to a new report.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Green light for three major Cardiff developments
Three major developments have been approved in the Welsh capital this week – a new museum, a 248-bedroom hotel, and one of the biggest student accommodation schemes yet proposed for the city.
Roger Milne, The Planner

92 per cent of councils not delivering enough affordable housing
Think tank IPPR has called on the government to allow local authorities to borrow to invest to build a new generation of council homes, as it says that 92 per cent are not meeting affordable housing needs.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Appeals round-up
A round up of appeal decisions

  • No re-amalgamation for Knightsbridge flats subdivided after bomb damage
  • Javid approves 200-home scheme after High Court quashes predecessor’s decision
  • Ministerial statement outweighs core strategy, rules inspector
  • Javid ignores inspector’s advice on green belt crematoria
  • Local plan ‘tension’ halts 400-home scheme despite legal challenge
  • And more stories…
    Matt Moody, The Planner

News round-up
A round-up of planning news

  • Government methodology for OAN would ‘entrench’ existing house building patterns
  • Real estate company to finance Build to Rent homes
  • Westminster gains £16m through CIL
  • Arup to explore for hydrogen to heat homes
  • £100m housing scheme in Greater Manchester
  • And more stories
    Laura Edgar, The Planner

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