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Latest News Stories 26 February 2015

Proposals to overhaul section 106s unveiled
Planning minister Brandon Lewis has proposed new measures to speed up section 106 agreements including the creation of a dispute resolution service involving an external body or a “suitably qualified individual’.

London's first nine fast-track Housing Zones named
London Mayor Boris Johnson has named the capital’s first nine Housing Zones in boroughs where some 28,000 new homes will be delivered in fast-tracked neighbourhood schemes.

Inspector criticises Durham local plan
A planning inspector has identified 'fundamental issues' with the emerging local plan for County Durham in north-east England, which would make the plan unsound and conceivably incapable of being rectified by suspending its examination.

Latest figures show rising number of homes built
Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has welcomed new figures showing a rise in the numbers of homes being built across England.

Oxfordshire housing appeal dismissed because of landscape impact
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has dismissed an appeal by Gladman Developments over a 94—home scheme proposed for a field in community use in open countryside on the edge of Faringdon in Oxfordshire

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