Don't underestimate the perseverance of councils' unseen staff
District councils face another year of uncertainty as we strive to second guess the Fairer Funding Review, the impact of Brexit and adjust to the automation revolution, writes Allen Graham.
Planning changes aim to boost biodiversity
Changes to planning rules could require developers to provide a ‘biodiversity net gain’ in their plans.
MJ HOUSING: Planning for our futures
Staffordshire CC hopes borough and district councils take advantage of the extra borrowing capabilities they now have, and the county is looking at how it can be further involved in the delivery of housing, as Mark Winnington reveals
Former minister calls for end to ‘toxic’ permitted development
The planning system is failing to address public concerns in its current state, a former housing minister has said.
We’re not beggars and we can be choosers
With the amount of collective resources and brainpower going into the national housebuilding programme, we shouldn’t be faced with a choice between quantity and quality, argues Bob Neill
Councils are the heart of the beautiful homes debate
Central Government has rewritten the planning rulebook. Now it is up to local authorities to challenge poor quality and ugly developments with their powers to determine what their areas will look like, writes housing minister Kit Malthouse
Budget 2018: Letwin calls for new approach to large sites
Local authorities with high housing demand should be given the freedom to allocate land as single large sites and have powers to control their development, an independent review has concluded.
Leader threatens legal challenge over tunnel
Thurrock Council’s leader has threatened a judicial review of Highways England’s plan for a Lower Thames Crossing.
Brokenshire writes: Lifting the barriers to building
Councils are the ‘sleeping giant’ of our housing system, as James Brokenshire explains, and now is the time to remove the barriers preventing them from delivering the homes their communities need.
Questions over cost of Labour's local government promises
Senior Labour figures delivered a raft of local government-related policy announcements at their annual conference this week – but questions remain over how to fund fresh promises.
Councils should benefit from land value uplift - MPs
Increases in land value that result from public policy decisions should be shared with councils instead of ending up in the pockets of private developers, MPs have said.
Housing minister defends planning changes
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has asked for time for new policies to ‘bed in’ as he was quizzed by MPs.
Ups and downs for districts
Ian Miller gives an overview of the latest decisions and indecisions to affect district councils.
Officers push for CPO reforms
Council officers are pushing for reforms to the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) regime, claiming caps on land values would speed up the delivery of new housebuilding.
Private leaseholders need assurance over Grenfell cladding
Leaseholders are enduring a miserable existence with properties rendered worthless because they have similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower. Paul Wheeler calls on the Government to act.
LGA in social rents plea
Ministers should drop plans to ditch social rents from the official definition of affordable homes while Britain continues to struggle to build new council housing, Smith Square has urged.
My final year as chair, I’ll be fighting for fairer housing
Local Government Association chairman Lord Porter outlines his agenda for the next 12 months and reflects on how the events of Grenfell has strengthened his resolve to push for safe, affordable housing for all.
Let's stop the housing numbers game
Lawrence Conway says we must focus on housing needs, not numbers.
Planning functions ‘downgraded’ by councils
Planning has been ‘downgraded’ in more than eight out of 10 local authorities, town planners have found.
House of Fraser pulls out of major council development
Troubled department store House of Fraser has pulled out of a major retail development led by Cheshire West & Chester Council.