e promote sustainable communities where sufficient and appropriate housing is well integrated with the wider community infrastructure.
: a report from the Centre for Policy Studies says that the Government should encourage neighbouring Councils to come together to identify potential sites for new garden cities.
Why Places Matter
is a new "source of information and guidance for councils who recognise the importance and value of community consultation and involvement".
: Aberdeenshire has given outline consent for Scotland's largest New Town, Chapelton.
?: Britain's housing
crisis could be stemmed by the humble bungalow, according to researchers at the
Inside Housing reports
that English Councils will fall almost 30,000 homes short of meeting housing need each year under the Government's reformed planning system.
Home from office
: Colin Wiles considers the consequences of the Government's plan to allow the conversion of offices to homes.
The Centre for Cities
in a new report says that kickstart policies should be focused on areas where economic growth is strong, demand for housing is high, and affordability is constrained.
Policy changes and consultations
The Growth & Infrastructure Bill was published for England on 18.10.12.
RTPI & CIH have now made their responses to the DCLG Consultation on the Renegotiation of S106 Planning Obligations: RTPI response; CIH response.
Northern Ireland is consulting on its first Housing Strategy: Facing the Future.
The Local Housing Delivery Group, under Sir John Harman as Chair, has now published its advice. There are two reports, one covering Local Plan viability assessments and the other an interim report on simplifying housing standards. An RTPI Member Briefing is available here.
Houses in Multiple Occupation: The Scottish Government has published a circular on the provision and management of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) through the planning system, as well as advice on the interface between the HMO licensing scheme and the planning system.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) has published Together at Home: a new strategy for housing, the culmination of its fundamental review of housing policy and 18 months of evidence-based research. A short video summary of the report is also available.
Communities and Local Government Committee Inquiry into Financing of New Housing Supply: their report has been published.
The Government has published a Housing Strategy for England: Laying the Foundations.
As part of its fundamental Review of Housing Policy ippr has published Forever Blowing Bubbles? Housings role in the UK economy.
The RTPI-CIH Planning for Housing Network provides a cross-profession route to keeping well informed on and influencing developing policy and practice. Join the network.
The RTPI has made Seven Commitments on Climate Change. More information on housing and climate change is on the Network pages.
We are very much aware that building rates have not been keeping pace with demographic change and the rate of deterioration in existing housing. The RTPI believes that local development plans are the proper place for competing demands for land to be resolved and therefore where land allocations for additional housing, balanced with redevelopment of worn out uses, should be made. Research has previously identified that there is more land allocated for housing thancurrent programmes are usingand this would indicate the need for better workingbetween the finance and construction sectors to increase the pace of new construction to meet evident need, including the appropriate element of social housing with assistance from the Homes and Communities Agency.