The government has announced a set of planning and housing measures as part of its overall efforts to stimulate the economy.

The key planning announcements include:

• an instruction to local planning authorities to renegotiate section 106 obligations relating to affordable housing in some circumstances

• a time-limited relaxation of permitted development rights

• possible ‘special measures’ for poor performing local planning authorities.

This briefing is relevant for planning portfolio holders, senior corporate decision-makers and planning officers.

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