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Tory planning changes ‘perverse’ and creating ‘unbalanced development’ warns Cable

7 October 2014 18:14

One of the most striking things about the Lib Dem conference is not that the party has decided to be…


Housebuilding is up: is that good news?

21 August 2014 18:55

Good news on housing: this government is building more homes. New figures from the Communities and Local Government department show…

Anti-fracking protestors outside Balcombe in West Sussex earlier this year. (AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL)

Presumption against fracking in our beautiful countryside is welcome

28 July 2014 12:12

The government’s announcement today that fracking will not take place in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty save…

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Why Owen Jones is wrong on housing

1 July 2014 11:00

Columnists like the Guardian’s Owen Jones have perpetuated a myth that harms rather than eases access to truly affordable homes…

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George Osborne has won over the IMF to austerity. Now can he win over Eric Pickles to planning reform?

6 June 2014 14:56

Fresh from celebrating the Tories’ victory in Newark, George Osborne is continuing a very joyful day by celebrating the International…

Why build in the countryside when you can build in dead urban space or in some of London's commons?

One solution to the housing shortage – build on Hampstead Heath

15 January 2014 11:03

If I was going to measure possible reasons to desert the Tories at the next election, and I can think…

Miliband plan to boost housing

The Labour split on planning and housebuilding

16 December 2013 16:27

Ed Miliband’s housebuilding announcement today is rather a re-heated announcement of his conference pledges on housing. Eric Pickles has already…

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives His Keynote Speech At the Annual Party Conference

Ed Miliband: You Are The Quiet Bat People And I Am On Your Side

24 September 2013 18:25

Ronald Reagan once quipped that  “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and…

An exploratory shale oil drilling site. (FRANCOIS BECKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Government fights misinformation over shale planning process

5 August 2013 15:00

The government is busy quelling worries about the planning process for exploratory shale drilling, following this disobliging article in yesterday’s…


Labour’s localism epiphany

7 June 2013 8:35

Just because Labour has been taking a big dose of reality this week doesn’t mean the party is now refusing…

Eric Pickles has argued that the barrier to housebuilding is availability of credit, not the planning system. Picture: Getty

Government caution makes Help to Buy warning all the more worrying

6 May 2013 13:53

The introduction of the Help to Buy scheme was the only very small bone of contention in this year’s successful…

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No more radical reforms, please, we’ve pushed our MPs too far

1 May 2013 12:55

Nick Clegg is frustrated. He told callers on LBC this morning that ‘one of the most frustrating dilemmas that we…

Zac Goldsmith is leading a group of rebel MPs on homeowners' development rights. Picture: Getty

Planning ‘love-in’ fails to rouse good feelings

16 April 2013 9:06

So it doesn’t look as though last night’s ‘love-in’ that I reported went particularly well. Cheryl Gillan described planning minister…

MPs are voting tomorrow on plans to allow homeowners to extend their properties without planning permission. Picture: Getty

MPs invited to planning ‘love-in’

15 April 2013 16:22

Parliament’s only just back from Easter recess and already there’s a threat of rebellion in the Commons. The Growth and…


Nimbyism? That’s not even the half of it.

11 April 2013 13:36

Pity the poor Nimbys. Not only has the government’s horrible new planning regime come into force, but last week we…

Eric Pickles has argued that the barrier to housebuilding is availability of credit, not the planning system. Picture: Getty

Budget 2013: New ‘Help to Buy’ plan is a boost for Eric Pickles

20 March 2013 16:10

One of the big measures in today’s Budget was the Help to Buy scheme. It answers two demands: the first…

Housing Minister Mark Prisk. Picture: PA

Grill the Housing Minister: Mark Prisk answers Coffee House readers’ questions

17 January 2013 17:10

Housing Minister Mark Prisk’s brave request for a grilling from Coffee House readers generated a very enthusiastic response. Here are the…

Homebuilders Barratt Homes Record Year On Year Profits Of 159%

Housing: the south's difficulty is the north's opportunity - Spectator Blogs

10 January 2013 18:44

Three cheers for Isabel’s post on the difficulties Nick Boles faces in pushing through his plans to make is slightly…

If Nick Boles wants to succeed in his mission for more homes, he's going to have to overcome some major obstacles. Picture: Getty

Nick Boles is ballsy, but his planning push faces some big blockages

10 January 2013 18:18

Nick Boles is to be applauded and rewarded for being so ballsy on housing need. It is heartening to read…

Nick Boles gave evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee yesterday. Picture: Getty

Nick Boles attempts to soothe planning critics

13 December 2012 12:00

Planning Minister Nick Boles admitted yesterday that he did not believe his controversial suggestion for Britain to build homes on…

Conservative MP Greg Barker has said that wind farms are ‘wonderful’ and ‘majestic’, and that they have become a ‘tourist attraction.’ Image: Getty

Why are Conservative MPs so intent on wrecking our countryside?

4 December 2012 12:37

Last week we had Nick Boles extolling the virtues of concreting over what green space we still have in order…

Nick Boles

Bold Boles’ planning push is a key example of ‘spreading privilege’

28 November 2012 23:35

Nick Boles has just put in a fierce performance on Newsnight over his controversial remarks on planning. Amusingly, the minister’s…

David Cameron, the man who delayed the decision on Heathrow for 3 years, calls for an end to 'risk averse' bureaucracy. Image: Getty

The gap between what David Cameron says and what he does

19 November 2012 9:18

David Cameron (and a host of other politicians, including Ed Miliband, Vince Cable and Boris Johnson) will address the CBI’s…

There are 250,000 units with planning permission which have not yet been developed in the UK. Picture: Getty

Exclusive: No 10 advised to punish land hoarders

19 October 2012 13:22

Though the government’s planning reforms will make it easier for developments supported by local communities to gain planning permission, one…

Planning Minister Nick Boles at the IPPR fringe event this evening.

Conservative conference: Nick Boles says Labour’s immigration policy contributed to housing failure

7 October 2012 19:20

Nick Boles started his first fringe as a minister this evening by saying that after years of trying to make…