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Plans approved for 900-metre long artificial racehorse training gallop

Plans approved for 900-metre long artificial racehorse training gallop

Plans have been approved for a 900-metre long artificial racehorse training gallop on land at Newmarket in Suffolk after planners concluded that visual impacts could be mitigated and the proposal would deliver economic and employment benefits to the horse racing industry.

Plans approved for 179,000-bird Wiltshire chicken farm

Plans approved for 179,000-bird Wiltshire chicken farm

Plans have been approved for a 179,000-bird chicken farm within an area of outstanding natural beauty in Wiltshire after planners concluded that there were 'exceptional circumstances' to justify the scheme.

Farmers seek exemption from mooted Local Infrastructure Tariff

Farmers seek exemption from mooted Local Infrastructure Tariff

Farmers and landowners are pressing the government for farm buildings to be exempted from a new local infrastructure tax suggested in a review of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

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Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

In 1997, a controversial new planning policy was introduced that allowed new homes in the countryside to be built providing they were of outstanding architectural quality. Two decades on, David Dewar examines the impact of so-called 'Gummer's Law'.

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

Observers attribute a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

Five key messages from Labour on rural planning

Five key messages from Labour on rural planning

Earlier this month, shadow environment secretary Rachael Maskell gave a keynote speech to the annual British Institute of Agricultural Consultants rural planning conference. Here is what we learned.

Are councils still sceptical about barn conversions?

Are councils still sceptical about barn conversions?

Last year we found that more than two thirds of applications to convert barns to homes under new rights were being refused. Has this changed, asks David Dewar.