Topic: Housing and planning

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



Planning and Development Bill 2023 – Parts 1 and 2

In this second briefing of our series covering the Planning and Development Bill, we examine Parts 1 and 2 of the proposed legislation. These two parts contain some of the essential building blocks, which underpin many of the other parts of the Bill.

Ireland Briefing

Emergency call: How councils are flagging up Scotland’s housing crisis

During the past nine months, three local authorities in Scotland have declared a housing emergency – other councils may follow soon. This briefing looks at the reasons for the emergencies declared so far, the steps that councils take next and possible solutions.

Scotland Briefing With case study

Navigating the complexities of short term rental accommodation: A global perspective

This briefing examines the global debates surrounding short-term rental accommodation and its impact on local economies, housing markets, and community character. It provides background on the issue through the analysis of 18 case studies, emphasizing local government’s role as a regulator in measures such as volume restrictions and enforcement.

Australia, Global Briefing With case study

Limerick City and County Council – Local Authority of the Year 2023

Limerick City and County Council has been recognized for its exemplary work, receiving the Local Authority of the Year award in 2023. This briefing explores the council’s forward-thinking approach, focused on economic growth, sustainability, community development and cultural advancement, and showcases Limerick as a model of progress for other regions to emulate.

Ireland Briefing With case study

What’s happening in the world of local government this week?

We’ve compiled together some of the most interesting, newsworthy stories of the last week from the local government sector worldwide. We’re just trialling this service out for now, so let us know what you think.

Global Blog-article
Members & Global Local

NIMBYs vs YIMBYs: can local government reconcile the great housing debate?

Housing is one of the most fraught issues on the political agenda everywhere. On either side of one contentious issue – building houses to meet growing population needs – is NIMBYs vs. YIMBYs (no/yes in my backyard). So what’s the answer? How do we reconcile two very different views at the local level? This briefing…

England & Wales, Global Briefing

Community Planning in Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Alongside a briefing from Professor Colin Knox appraising community planning in Northern Ireland, this article from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council outlines key areas of innovation and deployment of community planning partnerships in local government.

Northern Ireland Blog-article With case study

Housing and planning round-up February 2024

Housing waiting lists are the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round-up, with the government proposing controversial changes ahead of the general election. Other stories include rough sleeping in London, homelessness in Scotland, brownfield development, regulatory changes and a new pledge over no-fault evictions.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing