Topic: Housing and planning

How can local authorities create healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods and ensure that there are enough high-quality homes for people?

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Primer: The planning system

This primer introduces the planning process, common terms and phrases and details current issues within the planning system. It is part of a series of primers, covering key local authority subjects, which are aimed particularly at new councillors to help them settle into the role.

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Meeting housing demand on Ireland’s west coast – experiences in the Iveragh Gaeltacht

This briefing paper outlines how and why stakeholders have come to regard the resolution of the ‘housing issue’ as fundamental to a locality’s sustainable development. It describes the efforts being made in County Kerry to enable rural repopulation growth by devising geographically appropriate solutions.

Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Housing and planning round-up May 2022

Housebuilding is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning roundup, with the government unveiling possible changes to the planning system in England as part of the Queen’s speech. Other stories cover homelessness, private renting, rent arrears and permitted development.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Town Centre First – Lessons from Scotland

Ireland has commenced a process of re-orientation of the planning policy framework. In doing so it is replicating policy efforts in Scotland. This briefing provides an overview of the policy and its subsequent review and looks to possible lessons from Scotland for local and national Irish policy-makers.

Ireland Briefing
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House price inflation in Ireland – How serious is it?

Over the past 20 years, the rate of house prices in Ireland has far exceeded general inflation. Certain periods have been particular volatility, including dramatic acceleration in 2021 and into 2022. This briefing provides a comprehensive overview of prevailing conditions in Ireland.

Ireland Briefing

Tiny houses: a neat homelessness solution or a reminder of the problem?

As the ‘self-built tiny house tour’ genre of videos remains highly popular, it’s easy to see the appeal of these dwellings, with their low-cost builds, cool space-saving tricks and minimalist, cosy interiors. But can these tiny houses actually contribute to alleviating housing security for those who need it most, or is the popularity of tiny…

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An update on UK Government proposals for the siting of mobile masts

In 2019 the LGIU first posed the question “are mobile masts the size of Nelson’s Column about to appear across the English countryside?” The government has now set out plans for new barrier busting laws to “erase mobile coverage ‘not spots’ in rural areas” and accelerate the rollout of 5G.

England & Wales Briefing
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Housing In Ireland: Policy making in a world of uncertainty

Is there an effective approach to housing in Ireland? That’s the subject of competing narratives. The LGIU Research Team look at public policy intervention and highlight key lessons, applicable not only to Ireland but also the international policy arena.

Ireland Briefing
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Housing and planning round-up April 2022

Regulation is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning roundup, with the government unveiling a draft bill giving tenants more say over how social housing operates in England. Other news include deaths among rough sleepers, rent rises, fire safety and community housing schemes.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing