Council breaks ranks to reject Oxford overspill plan

Council breaks ranks to reject Oxford overspill plan

South Oxfordshire District Council has rejected advice that it should find sites for almost 5,000 homes to meet Oxford's overspill requirements over the next 15 years.

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Planning Consultancy Survey 2016: Calling all consultants

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An inspector has ruled that a Cambridgeshire council's local planning policy should take precedence over reinstated rules exempting small sites from affordable housing obligations, adding to confusion over the status of the exemption following a Court of Appeal judgement earlier this year.

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Labour commits to delivering half a million new council homes over five years

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Plans approved for nearly 1,000 Manchester PRS homes

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Third time lucky for developers of 400-home West Yorkshire scheme

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Borough takes steps to remove light industrial to residential rights

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A west London borough has announced plans to put in place planning protections to remove new permitted development rights that will allow light industrial units to convert to residential use without the need for a planning application.

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Cheshire East refuses retail park against recommendation for approval

Cheshire East refuses retail park against recommendation for approval

A Cheshire council has refused plans for a retail park against a recommendation for approval but approved plans for more than 550 homes at a meeting earlier this week.

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