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Council's failure to respond to prior approval request 'was not default consent'

Council's failure to respond to prior approval request 'was not default consent'

Appeal judges have confirmed that developments requiring planning permission cannot become permitted development by default just because of delays in local authority decision-making.

Court of Appeal overturns Welsh wind turbine approval

Court of Appeal overturns Welsh wind turbine approval

The Court of Appeal has overturned a planning permission for a single wind turbine on a farm in Wales, after ruling that its impact on a nearby listed church had been ignored.

Halloween event causes highway safety fears

A popular annual terror event at a Lancashire petting farm fell foul of highway objections after an inspector reviewed evidence relating to traffic impact.

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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.