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An overhaul of the planning system that will give Town Halls the tools they need to boost business growth and provide new safeguards for town centres and local markets was published today.
Communities Minister Ian Austin has today outlined proposals on how the public will have more access to Ordnance Survey mapping data from next year, as part of a Government drive to open up data to improve transparency.
Housing and Planning Minister John Healey today announced a package of measures to streamline the planning system, help businesses deliver projects quickly and drive down costs during recovery.
Housing and Planning Minister John Healey has today launched proposals for a more consumer-friendly green rating for homes that will help green-proof properties and reduce future utility bills in the most energy efficient homes.
More key decision-makers for the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) were appointed today, Tuesday 15 December.
On the 100th anniversary of the first Planning Act, Housing Minister John Healey today announced support for councils to plan and deliver new homes and green energy projects to power the country to a low carbon future.
Housing Minister John Healey has today announced proposals for a second wave of world leading eco-towns and pledged to double the money to a total of £10m to support councils in developing their plans.
Housing Minister John Healey and Rural Minister Dan Norris today backed councils with cash and support to kickstart plans to build homes people can afford where they want to live, and develop rural areas to meet the needs of local people.
Strong leadership, clear vision and ambition from councils could deliver reductions in carbon emissions of millions of tonnes annually and potentially unlock £1bn in income for councils, Communities Secretary John Denham said today.
Housing Minister John Healey today confirmed that this country will be the first in the world to require zero carbon homes as a matter of law from 2016.
Local Government Minister Rosie Winterton was in Cumbria on Sunday 22 November to see for herself how recovery efforts are helping those affected by the recent flooding.
Housing and Planning Minister John Healey has today launched measures to cut carbon emissions by overhauling the planning system.
There are up to 100,000 war memorials in the UK, often central features in town and village life and cherished by the local community. At the time of Remembrance this week, the Government is reaffirming its commitment to their protection.
Communities and Local Government today announced that Dr Peter Williams will be taking up the position as interim Chair of the Board of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (NHPAU).
Government help for housebuilding hit £1bn today as Housing Minister John Healey released £443m for over 8,000 new homes.
Key decision makers for the Infrastructure Planning Commission were appointed today, Thursday 3 September.
The Government set out plans today to make it easier for builders to understand what standards are expected of them and to ensure buildings comply with high standards of safety and sustainability.
The Government is today making £3m available to help areas hit hardest by the recession find creative ways to reduce the negative impact empty shops are having on the high street, announced Communities Secretary John Denham.
Affordable rural homes in thousands of newly designated 'protected' areas will be safeguarded for future generations of first time buyers under new provisions announced by Housing Minister Ian Austin today.
Planning Minister John Healey today announced a cull of bureaucracy and red tape that will make it much easier for businesses, shops and schools to make minor alterations to their premises.