New measures to boost housing supply
Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has urged more councils to come forward and take advantage of new financial measures designed to help them build new affordable homes across England.
Report argues case for separate retirement housing use class
Regulations which require developers to provide affordable homes when building some retirement housing should be changed to boost housing supply for the UK’s ageing population, a research report by property consultancy Knight Frank has proposed.
Consultation starts on English flood risk management plans
The Environment Agency has started consulting on 10 English draft flood risk management plans.
Blaby no longer designated as under performing
The Leicestershire council which was the first local authority to be designated as ‘under performing’ by the Government under a policy introduced last year has been released from the 'special measures' which meant major planning applications could be submitted direct to the Planning Inspectorate.
Four Scottish off shore wind farms consented
Four offshore wind farms that could provide enough energy to power over 1.4 million Scottish homes have received development consent.
News round-up 16 October 2014
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