Politics of Planning

Politics of Planning is our weekly planning update, bringing you the news and analysis you need to plot a successful planning course though fast-changing political waters.

September 28, 2018
At last week’s Labour Party conference in Liverpool, Shadow Minister for Planning Roberta Blackman-Woods launched the party’s first ‘Planning Commission’.
September 28, 2018
With just over a year and a half to go until the next London mayoral elections, the Conservative Party have announced Shaun Bailey as their candidate.
September 21, 2018
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has clashed with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, having overruled the council’s refusal of a large housing, shopping and office development at Notting Hill Gate.
September 21, 2018
The Prime Minister has announced a £2 billion worth of funding for housing associations to increase homebuilding to come available in 2022 - marking a break from Conservative housing philosophy dating back to Margaret Thatcher.
September 14, 2018
Last week the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced the 'Housing Delivery Fund' in conjunction with Barclays Bank– a new £1 billion fund designed to kickstart SME housebuilding and speed up delivery.
September 7, 2018
On Tuesday 4 September, SP Broadway hosted a Politics of Planning Breakfast with Deputy Leader of Guildford Borough Council Matt Furniss, and Lead Councillor for Housing and Development Management Philip Brooker.
September 7, 2018
The Sunday Telegraph suggests the Government is considering axing Help to Buy, with existing funding ending in 2021, and a temporary extension being considered.
August 17, 2018
Conservatives Daniel Hannan MEP and Boris Johnson MP have written articles in the Daily Telegraph about the need to address the housing crisis, demonstrating the ever-increasing political weight the issue holds within the party.
August 10, 2018
Last week the Green Belt rose up the political agenda as the CPRE released new research criticising the Government's approach to Green Belt development, and senior Conservatives argued over the extent to which the Green Belt needs to be protected. 
July 27, 2018
Last week the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published the long-awaited updated National Planning Policy Framework,with a focus on the Government's continuing aspiration to increase housing delivery.
Politics of Planning
Case Studies
74 new homes…
Runnymede Borough Council
94 new homes
Waverley Borough Council
518 new homes…
London Borough of Bexley
Post consent amendments…
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Mineral extraction
Buckinghamshire County Council
394 new homes
Havering Borough Council
90 new homes
Stroud District Council
3,500 new homes
South Cambridgeshire District Council
1,800 new homes
Waverley Borough Council
2,204 new homes
Malvern Hills District Council, Wychavon District Council, Worcester City Council
Events
Cllr David Williams
February 13, 2019
Cllr Richard Watts
January 22, 2019