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Crackdown on 'Rogue' Landlords: Banning Orders and National Database Implemented

Friday 6 April 2018: 'rogue' landlords who rent out sub-standard properties face being forced out of the sector as new banning orders are brought in and a national database of offenders goes live today.

More Tinkering With The Planning Process Will Not Build More Homes

On Tuesday 6 March 2018, the Planning Officers Society News carried a first response to the Government's plans published in its Draft Revised National Planning Policy Framework which is open for comment until 11.45 on Thursday 10 May 2018

"The Planning System is Working Well And Is Not A Barrier to Building"

On Sunday 4 March 2018, the Local Government Association (LGA) responded to the new planning laws for councils: "The truth is that councils are currently approving nine in 10 planning applications, which shows that the planning system is working well and is not a barrier to building."

The Headingley Suburb of Leeds Launches its Own Investment Fund

On Sunday 25 February 2018, Helen Pidd, North of England Editor of the Guardian, reported on the investment fund set up by the Leeds suburb of Headingley. the fund says that investors can expect 2% annual return from fund backing projects such as affordable housing.

The Future of Universities in 2018

An article by Sean Coughlan, BBC Education Correspondent (Monday 1 January 2018) highlights the challenges facing universities in 2018