Politics

Is scrapping housebuilding targets really as bad as it looks?

Gove's compromise with MPs is "a lot of the same" but is still likely to slow development
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Furniture, Chair, Restaurant

Big councils lobbied for serviced office rates shake-up

Change of approach from VOA came shortly after letter was sent from six billing authorities
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Head, Person, Face

Gove scraps housebuilding targets and weakens planning inspectors

Housing secretary agrees to "rebalance the planning system" after rebellion by backbench MPs
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Landmark ruling offers certainty to hotels housing asylum seekers

The planning regime should not be a forum for political battles between central and local government
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Labour promises more landlord licensing powers for councils

'A New Britain' report also suggests making housing a human right
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Coat, Clothing, Jacket

Property sector celebrates new fund option to prevent managers going offshore

Closed-ended funds would attract capital from pension funds and institutions, campaigners say
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Gove floats land-banking crackdown to pacify housebuilding rebels

"Use it or lose it" powers could rescind developers' planning permission
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Apartment Building, City, High Rise

Cladding support for leaseholders in mid-rise buildings launched

60 buildings across England invited to apply for pilot scheme
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City, Urban, Street

Croydon is far from "toxic" – it is experiencing unprecedented regeneration

The borough has had its setbacks but it has connectivity and affordability on its side
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