Planning inspectors have postponed the remaining public hearings assessing the viability of an authority’s local plan in order to “allow more time for the consideration of information relating to Leicester’s unmet housing need”.
Residents in the parish of Heacham in North Norfolk have included a clause to their neighbourhood plan requiring all new housing to be sold as principal residences, to stem an increase in second and holiday home ownership.
An independent review of the emerging strategic plan for the Black Country has identified additional brownfield land for development, but not “of a significant scale” to close out the subregion’s housing shortfall.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including a council taking enforcement action against one of the UK's biggest housebuilders and the local authorities with the highest and lowest approval rates.
The levelling up bill includes proposals requiring developers to tell councils when they are starting work on a permitted scheme and making it easier for authorities to force applicants to complete unfinished buildings. However, observers say the measures are unlikely to have any significant impact on build-out rates.
A national newspaper report claiming that the census results indicate that some green belt land might have been “unnecessarily” allocated for development due to over-estimated population figures in some areas leads our roundup of today’s news.