22 Feb 2019

Planning appeal time to be ‘cut by half’

Brownfield Briefing: The time taken by planning appeal inquiries may be reduced by half, following the welcoming by government or an inquiry carried out by Bridget Rosewell.

21 Feb 2019

£250m boost to housing and to garden towns Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A new government push on boosting housebuilding rates will help plug housing gaps in several areas, though there is uncertainty over the degree of future-proofing as carbon emissions standards tighten.

21 Feb 2019

Parks receive £13m from Government Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The funding will be used to create new green spaces and help redevelop derelict spaces.

21 Feb 2019

Brownfields could deliver 37,000 Enfield homes, says CPRE Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The charity is concerned about the volume of green belt development proposed in the North London Council’s Local Plan.

14 Feb 2019

Ayrshire wins £100m growth deal

Brownfield Briefing: Brownfield sites set to figure large in the £100m investment.

14 Feb 2019

Government pumps £15m into developing public sector sites Locked

Brownfield Briefing: More than 100 sites could be brought forward to create 10,000 new homes.

8 Feb 2019

Battle for Solihull goes on as housing plans published Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Solihull's revised plans for housing targets and allocations still attract plenty of opposition.

31 Jan 2019

Post-Brexit construction warning Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) warns a no deal Brexit could significantly slow down construction with labour shortages in the offing.

27 Jan 2019

Row over ‘garden communities’ in North Essex Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Council consortium's plans criticised by sustainability appraisal.

27 Jan 2019

Battle over the green belt in Tameside Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Controversial plans for two new “garden villages” on green belt land in Tameside, east of Greater Manchester are being backed by the council and a local MP but opposed by protest groups.

27 Jan 2019

RIBA slams extension of permitted development Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The architecture body feels that the Government’s change of use proposal could lead to tiny, sub-standard homes that would reduce well-being.

21 Jan 2019

FMB dampens construction growth news Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Federation of Master Builders believes a No Deal Brexit scenario and the proposed post-Brexit immigration system could damage the sector.

Europe, UK
21 Jan 2019

National Brownfield Forum reports some progress Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Minutes of the National Brownfield Forum which met in November last year have been published. Here is a snapshot of what was discussed:

Europe, UK
21 Jan 2019

Biodiversity impacts scupper Durham development Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Adverse impacts to local special protection areas contribute to refusal of watersports centre planning application.

Europe, UK
13 Jan 2019

CEH identifies invasive species threats Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Scientists have listed 66 alien plant and animal species that could threaten biodiversity and ecosystems in the EU.

13 Jan 2019

Green belt schemes halved in Manchester plan Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Greater Manchester Combined authority says it will prioritise brownfield development and has outlined a vision for greener, healthier spaces.

13 Jan 2019

CPRE Lancashire urges compliance with NPPF Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The charity has offered a withering assessment of West Lancashire’s Local Plan Preferred Options, which proposes the construction of 15,000 new homes.

15 Dec 2018

Low carbon Cambridge scheme could be ‘game changer’ Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Current transport network cannot cope so new form of development proposals put forward.

15 Dec 2018

Scotland makes ambitious landfill pledges Locked

Brownfield Briefing: SEPA’s Landfill Sector Plan aims to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill to 5% by 2025.

15 Dec 2018

CPRE accuses South Oxford District Council of green belt betrayal

Brownfield Briefing: South Oxfordshire District Council has 'stabbed the green belt in the back', according to the charity.

6 Dec 2018

Biodiversity net gain may become mandatory Locked

Brownfield Briefing: It could now be applied in a standardised, mandatory form with a minimum 10% improvement suggested.

Europe, UK
30 Nov 2018

Brownfield homes to trump higher education needs Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A row is brewing over controversial plans for 108 homes on the current site of a college campus at Northwich.

22 Nov 2018

PiP criticised in planning review Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Raynsford Review believes that Permission in Principle could be ripe for legal challenges.

22 Nov 2018

Sweeping planning changes required, urges review

Brownfield Briefing: The Raynsford Review has called on the Government to make wide-sweeping changes to improve the planning system including making local authorities master developers.

15 Nov 2018

Planning policy stymies housing delivery, claims economist Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The system of individual permissions and Government policies bear their share of responsibility for slow buildout rates, says Professor Christine Whitehead.

15 Nov 2018

Labour calls for housing advisor to step down Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Government’s appointment of Roger Scruton as chair of a home design quality commission has been questioned due to prejudicial comments he allegedly made in the past.

8 Nov 2018

Commercial conversions could hurt local authorities, warns TPCA Locked

Brownfield Briefing: It believes the conversion from commercial to residential space could deprive councils of much-needed funding and worsen living conditions for vulnerable people.

8 Nov 2018

Uniform homes to blame for slow build-out Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Government-commissioned Letwin report has refused to blame land-banking for the slow pace of housing delivery in the UK.

2 Nov 2018

Homes England backs SMEs in strategic plan Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The five-year plan seeks to diversify the housing market and encourage modern methods of construction.

1 Nov 2018

Autumn Budget draws praise and criticism Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget could help our ailing high streets but does it go far enough to help the UK’s local authorities? Here’s what some of the heavy hitters had to say...