Of the 51 councils that are subject to the housing delivery test’s most severe sanction - the weakening of their housing supply policies - only about one in five of them would not face the penalty anyway, according to Planning research.
The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has said that in-person hearings and inquiries can resume as normal following the government's lifting of Covid restrictions, but will not be able to reveal its long-term plans for staging events until the spring.
A House of Lords committee has criticised the government's decision to make permanent two initially temporary post-Covid permitted development (PD) rights, claiming the move has been made without “robust parliamentary scrutiny” and could have an “adverse impact” on the public.
Of the 51 councils that are subject to the most severe penalty in this year's housing delivery test (HDT) - which involves the weakening of their housing supply policies - just three will face the sanction for the first time, according to Planning research.
A district council has avoided a judicial review of its decision to allow the creation of two new flats above a shop after a parish council alleged that the authority mistakenly believed the consent to be covered by permitted development rules.
The government has announced that 16 councils across England have secured a share of over £3.7 million in funding to take part in trials intended to use digital technology to simplify and speed up the planning process.