Peers changes to housing and planning bill favour NPlans

Roger Milne of The Planning Portal reports:

The housing and planning bill is facing the prospect of prolonged parliamentary cross-fire as peers pushed through further amendments resisted by ministers during report stage in the Lords.

The bill was due its third reading in the upper chamber this week (27 April) and the latest crop of . . . → Read More: Peers changes to housing and planning bill favour NPlans

Right of Appeal receives peers’ backing

Civic Voice reports: Peers have defeated the government on a vote to ensure parish councils and local forums have a ‘community right of appeal’ against decisions that conflict with their neighbourhood plans. The House of Lords this week voted by 251 votes to 194 for the amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, tabled by . . . → Read More: Right of Appeal receives peers’ backing

Minister insists there will be checks on ‘planning in principle’

by Planning Portal Content Team on January 28, 2016

The Government insisted this week that its proposals for granting planning in principle would be “locally driven” and subject to both public consultation and consideration against local and national policy on issues like flooding and heritage.

That claim came from Government minister Baroness Williams of . . . → Read More: Minister insists there will be checks on ‘planning in principle’

Rosie Cooper MP asks Secretary of State to Review SUDS Guidelines

Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will review the guidelines on sustainable drainage system requirements under planning policy for new developments in areas with recorded incidents of flooding; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source(Citation: HC Deb, 14 January . . . → Read More: Rosie Cooper MP asks Secretary of State to Review SUDS Guidelines

Rosie Cooper MP asks Minister of State (CLG) about flooding

Rosie Cooper MP, Labour, West Lancashire asked the following question in Parliament

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what mechanism residents can challenge a local authority’s assessment of the adequacy of drainage systems for a new housing development where they believe it will contribute to additional flooding in . . . → Read More: Rosie Cooper MP asks Minister of State (CLG) about flooding

Special dispensation for Durham Local Plan

On October 1, 2015 Roger Milne of the Planning Portal Content Team wrote:

The Department of Communities and Local Government has decided that Durham County Council can resume work on its local plan after ministers agreed to quash a planning inspector’s interim verdict which was heavily critical of the plan’s housing and employment targets, . . . → Read More: Special dispensation for Durham Local Plan

High Court quashes affordable housing Exemption

Two Councils, West Berkshire and Reading Borough joined forces to challenge government policy brought in last November that set a threshold on the size of developments below which planning authorities should not seek affordable housing contributions through section 106 agreements.

The High Court Judge ruled that affordable housing requirements should be reduced according to the . . . → Read More: High Court quashes affordable housing Exemption

Alrewas wins 2nd Round

Despite the Case Officer recommending approval and also belittling the Neighbourhood Plan, the Planning Committee demonstrated that democracy lives in Lichfield by rejecting Lioncourt’s application to build 121 houses on a site north of Dark Lane – the vote was 7 to 2 in favour of rejection.

The application was a trimming down of a . . . → Read More: Alrewas wins 2nd Round

Report backs new Alrewas housing development

A report has recommended a new housing development in Alrewas is given the green light.

Land north of Dark Lane has been earmarked for 121 new properties.

But Alrewas Parish Council had been among those opposing the scheme, claiming the site had not been allocated for a residential development.

It also highlighted a previous scheme . . . → Read More: Report backs new Alrewas housing development

Developer withdraws challenge to Winslow Neighbourhood Plan

A developer has withdrawn its legal challenge against the making of Winslow’s Neighbourhood Plan. Aylesbury Vale District Council made the plan, setting out the strategic vision for the town until 2031, in September 2014. But developer Gladman Developments Limited challenged the decision on a number of grounds, including the reasoning of the independent examiner who . . . → Read More: Developer withdraws challenge to Winslow Neighbourhood Plan