Development Consent Orders bring housing into the Planning Act 2008 regime

Section 160 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, which allows the inclusion of ‘related housing’ in A Development Consent Orders (DCOs), comes into force on 6 April 2017, bringing in housing to the Planning... continue

6 Apr 2017RUDI News

New Enterprise Zones go live in a simplified planning framework

Twelve new Enterprise Zones have gone live, helping to boost economic growth from the north-east to the south-west. Announced in the Autumn Statement 2015, these new zones support businesses, helping budding entrepreneurs to start and established companies to grow. They offer business rates... continue

6 Apr 2017RUDI News

Councils to have new tools to speed up development of derelict and underused land for new homes

Councils will have new tools to speed up development of derelict and underused land for new homes, Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed. Local authorities across the country will now have to produce and maintain up-to-date, publicly available registers of brownfield sites... continue

6 Apr 2017RUDI News

Right to Build Task Force will support local authorities

A Right to Build expert task force that aims to help 80 organisations across the UK deliver more homes over the next three years has been launched. The task force also intends to assist local authorities, community groups and other organisations to deliver large, affordable custom and... continue

22 Feb 2017RUDI News

Call for good urban practices examples to be shared across Europe

In early December URBACT launched a call for Good Practices, inviting Europe’s cities to put forward their most effective examples. The call remains open until 31st March. Across Europe, cities face formidable environmental, economic and social challenges. Affordable housing, business... continue

17 Jan 2017RUDI News
New funding for estate regeneration

New funding for estate regeneration

A new government strategy and additional funding will breathe new life into rundown estates Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has... continue

15 Dec 2016RUDI News
Public health and medical professionals should 'advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies'

Public health and medical professionals should 'advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies'

James F Sallis, a specialist in Family Medicine and Public Health at the  University of California, San Diego, writes in The Lancet Public Health about collated evidence that suggests that active and public transport contribute to improvements in Body Mass Index (BMI), so providing further support for public health and medical professionals to advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies.  He says: 'Advocacy... continue

5 Dec 2016RUDI News

Cross-government task-force will join up departmental oversight on development

Speaking an an industry lunch in November, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid stated that: 'Getting the infrastructure right is absolutely vital if new developments are going to be successful and, crucially, be welcomed by local communities. They need the roads, the utilities, the internet... continue

2 Dec 2016RUDI News

Greenfield sites can help solve the housing crisis

England’s greenfield sites, including green belts, need to be considered alongside brownfield land as locations for new housing, the RTPI has said. In its policy statement Where should we build new homes, published after canvassing members across England and Wales, the RTPI said the... continue

10 Nov 2016RUDI News

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