What next for planning in England? The National Planning Policy Framework

The National Planning Policy Framework sets the direction for planning in England. Following a consultation, it has been revised, to reflect more than 80 reforms previously announced by the Government in the Housing White Paper and in its consultation on planning for the right homes in the right places.…

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Gypsies and Travellers

This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the key issues and policies relating to Gypsy and Traveller communities in England. The paper examines a range of issues including: inequalities, racial discrimination, accommodation needs, illegal encampments, health and education outcomes, employment rates, welfare reform and evidence of over-representation in the criminal justice system.…

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Neighbourhood planning

The Localism Act 2011 allows parish councils and groups of people from the community, called neighbourhood forums, to formulate Neighbourhood Development Plans and Orders, to guide and shape development in a particular area. This briefing examines these powers and reviews of their effectiveness and describes recent changes to relevant provisions in the National Planning Policy Framework.…

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Starter Homes for First-Time Buyers (England)

This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the Government’s starter homes initiative. The homes will be available at a minimum 20% discount on market value to first-time buyers under the age of 40. The paper outlines legislative provisions in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to enact the initiative, together with planning policy reforms and a £1.2 billion Starter Homes Land Fund to support starter homes delivery. The starter homes initiative only applies in England.…

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25-year environment plan

The Government published its 25-year plan to improve the environment on 11 January 2018. This briefing paper provides an overview and background to the plan, picks out key themes and commitments, and provides a summary of stakeholder reaction. …

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