Essential reading: housing and planning

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Local authorities play an important role in developing healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods and ensuring that there are enough high-quality homes.

We have picked out a few items from our huge library of local government content that we hope will provide you with inspiration, ideas or just food for thought and make you want to delve deeper into the LGIU’s local government resources.

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Backgrounder: The planning system

Sometimes you just want to know the essentials – the background to a subject – either because you are fairly new to it or you need a bit of a refresher. LGIU’s backgrounders give you that and this one focuses on the planning process, common terms and phrases and details current issues within the planning system. Read the backgrounder.

Backgrounder: Housing

Housing is one of the most important local government services, even though many councils do not own or let homes. This backgrounder focuses on key developments in housing and provides and introduction to how the sector functions. Read the backgrounder.

Global Local: Abandoned housing and land

Have you discovered our Global Local bulletin? Each week we take a theme and bring you stories, ideas and inspiration from local government and partners around the world. This recent edition focuses on vacant, abandoned and derelict buildings and land and how local governments can repurpose these for better use for the public. Read this edition of Global Local.

Housing and planning round-up April 2023

At the LGIU we have many types of briefings (but you’ll have to be from an LGIU member organisation to read them). Round-ups group together the latest developments – consultations, research, guidance – in a particular topic area. This is a recent edition of our Housing and planning round-up.

Delving deeper

If we’ve piqued your interest, why not browse through the our housing and planning topic page. From policy briefings to podcasts we have a wide range of content exploring this subject. Go to topic page.

Keep up to date on housing and planning with LGIU

The LGIU has extensive resources for both councillors and local government staff. The easiest way to keep up-to-date with what’s available is to sign up on our website (it’s free and easy to do) and opt to receive one of our newsletters.

If you are from an LGIU member organisation then you will automatically get access to all of our member-only resources when you sign up. Make sure you opt for ‘The essential resources’ update – it’s a key part of your council/organisation membership.