UK housing minister Gavin Barwell gave a conference speech last week in which he appeared to suggest that the government has shifted away from a narrow focus on helping first-time buyers onto the property ladder.
UK communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused planning permission for 100 homes in an area with a housing shortage, after giving "very substantial weight" to conflict with an out-of-date neighbourhood plan policy.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that a Kent council did not give adequate reasons for granting planning permission for a major development in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) against the recommendation of a planning officer.
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