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Housing White Paper: Government consults on new agricultural-resi permitted development right

Housing White Paper: Government consults on new agricultural-resi permitted development right

The government is to consult on a new agricultural to residential permitted development right and will amend planning guidance regarding farmshops, polytunnels and on-farm reservoirs to 'better support' such development.

Judge backs holiday lodge plan for Wiltshire country park

Judge backs holiday lodge plan for Wiltshire country park

A High Court judge has backed a Wiltshire council's planning consent for 90 new holiday lodges at a country park.

Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Observers have attributed 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.

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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.

How National Park boundary extensions could affect planning

How National Park boundary extensions could affect planning

Boundary extensions that "virtually join" the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Lake District National Park have taken effect, but planning policies for the expanded areas will remain a potential source of confusion for some time.