Easier neighbourhood planning on way?
Planning Minister Nick Boles has told Parliament that the Coalition is keen to develop a neighbourhood planning regime tailored - and more suitable - for smaller than average communities.
Birmingham pitches for regeneration around new high-speed station
Birmingham City Council has unveiled a master plan, now out for consultation, which could see a 141-hectare area of the city centre transformed around a new railway station called Birmingham Curzon which would serve the HS2 rail link.
Call for tougher housing targets for London councils and greater role for Mayor
London’s Mayor should set the boroughs 'hard targets' for housing delivery and take over the determination of housing applications where councils fail to meet those targets.
Cherwell fires starting gun for major self-build scheme
Cherwell District Council has announced it is proceeding with the multi-million pound purchase of Bicester's Graven Hill site in a move which represents the first stage in establishing the UK's first large-scale, self-build community of up to 1,900 homes.
Report calls for more energy planning powers for Wales
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has welcomed publication of the Silk Commission’s second report into the future of Welsh devolution which recommends that all energy planning consents (both renewable and non-renewable) below 350 megawatts (MW) should be handled by the devolved administration.
News round-up 6 March 2014
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