Pole-mounted mobile phone antennae require planning permission, rules judge

Pole-mounted mobile phone antennae require planning permission, rules judge

Pole mounts that support mobile phone antennae should be viewed as radio masts, a High Court judge has ruled, and therefore should not be able to benefit from the part of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) that allows much telecoms equipment to be erected without planning permission.

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Plans have been submitted for 2,900 homes on a nine-hectare former industrial estate in north London.

Why a government-backed development vehicle is struggling to build a garden city

Why a government-backed development vehicle is struggling to build a garden city

A combination of site-specific and institutional circumstances is hampering progress on plans for a garden city in Kent, experts conclude.

Court overturns permission granted against officers' advice for inadequate reasoning

Court overturns permission granted against officers' advice for inadequate reasoning

A council that granted a planning permission contrary to officers' advice, but relied on their officers' report to support their decision, has had the consent overturned by the High Court on grounds of inadequate reasons and faces costs of £22,750.

Six speakers not to miss at our high density housing event

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Why ambitious councils need not fear the standard housing need assessment

Why ambitious councils need not fear the standard housing need assessment

Last month, an inspector told Burnley Borough Council to cut its planned housing provision. According to some commentators, many other northern councils will soon be receiving similar advice, if the government's proposed new standard method of assessing housing need is introduced as planned. But others say that, given the right evidence, councils will still be able to set ambitious housing goals.

How will upgraded standard on natural light affect planning?

How will upgraded standard on natural light affect planning?

Planners will need a thorough understanding of tighter requirements in a new European standard, says Gregory Francis.

Legal Viewpoint: Relief for neighbourhood plans may be temporary

Legal Viewpoint: Relief for neighbourhood plans may be temporary

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Planning is in need of a morale boost, by Graeme Bell

Planning is in need of a morale boost, by Graeme Bell

So the local authority financial settlement for 2018/19 is announced. And unsurprisingly councils continue to be coshed.

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European environmental rules are less of a problem than Johnson suggests, by Richard Garlick

European environmental rules are less of a problem than Johnson suggests, by Richard Garlick

This week, in his much-trailed speech about Brexit, foreign secretary Boris Johnson highlighted planning as an example of a regulatory area that could be improved following the UK's departure from the European Union.

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