• Issue 53

  • Feb 2020

The Source

Have a look at our February 2020 edition of The Source.

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Housing Delivery Test starting to bite

The publication of the 2019 Housing Delivery Test results has left eight Councils facing curbed planning powers after failing to meet government targets for the delivery of houses.

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Improving Design Quality

The final report by The Building Better, Building Beautify Commission calls for improved design quality within the planning system through the suggestion of new policy ideas.

HS2 given the go-ahead

Amid concerns of costs spiralling out of control, the Prime Minister has announced that the government will go ahead with the high-speed rail plans.

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£1 billion available to small and medium-size house builders

Robert Jenrick has announced that £1 billion will provided to SME house builders in order to unlock construction potential. According to Housing Minister Esther McVey, since the financial crash in 2008, there are only 1,737 SME builders in England, a figure that the scheme looks to increase.

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Government announces preferred route for East West Rail

The month of January brought with it confirmation of the Government’s preferred route for the central section of the proposed East West Rail (EWR) between Oxford and Cambridge.

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Government published proposals for its ‘First Homes’ scheme

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published a consultation on proposals for its new “First Homes” scheme last Friday.  Here are ten things worth knowing about the proposals.

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Could Oxfordshire County Council take on troubled South Oxfordshire plan?

Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to take over the preparation of the troubled South Oxfordshire Local Plan (“the Plan”), saying it will do so if asked by central government and subject to satisfactory assurances being received in relation to the recovery of its costs.

Rise in young home ownership, according to English Housing Survey

After more than a decade of decline, the proportion of young people in home ownership has risen, according to the English Housing Survey published by the government.

Visual impact not an obligatory consideration when assessing Green Belt

Planning permission granted to Darrington Quarries Limited by North Yorkshire County Council for expansion of a magnesium limestone extraction in Green Belt land near Tadcaster was challenged by a judicial review.