planning policy

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How planning decisions are made

At times the planning system can feel like something of a lottery, with seemingly arbitrary decisions being made on each planning application. However, despite appearances, there is a strict process that councils should follow when applications are decided – this blog post reveals how it works. Weighing and Balancing At its core, planning is about […]
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Will Brownfield Land Registers help solve the housing crisis?

In April 2017, the government announced the introduction of Brownfield Land Registers. Their purpose is to encourage more brownfield sites to be developed for housing. The deadline for putting Registers in place is 31 December, so we’re beginning to see them produced. But will they make a difference to the housing crisis? What are Brownfield […]
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Two key failings of the Standard Method for calculating housing need

One of the challenges the government has identified in tackling the housing crisis is the way in which councils determine how many homes they need to build. In an effort to address that, the government is currently consulting on a new “Standard Method” for calculating housing need. This post explains what is proposed, and identifies […]
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