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Paddington Cube plans approved despite heritage concerns

Paddington Cube plans approved despite heritage concerns

Plans for an office-led redevelopment of a former Royal Mail site next to Paddington Station in central London have been approved despite concerns from heritage groups, including built environment conservation adviser Historic England.

Plans approved for 22-storey Bristol tower despite heritage concerns

Plans approved for 22-storey Bristol tower despite heritage concerns

Plans have been approved for a major 274-home, mixed-use scheme in central Bristol, including a 22 storey tower, despite a recommendation from Historic England that the scheme be refused on heritage grounds.

Plans approved for City of London office scheme

Plans approved for City of London office scheme

Plans have been approved for a 45,000 square metre office-led development on a site in the City of London despite concerns flagged about the scheme's impact on neighbouring heritage buildings.

Go-ahead for 73-storey central London skyscraper

Go-ahead for 73-storey central London skyscraper

Plans for a 73-storey skyscraper in central London have been given the green light after planners concluded that the impact of the proposal on the settings of St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London World Heritage Site 'is considered acceptable'.

London Planning Awards shortlist revealed

London Planning Awards shortlist revealed

Stratford's Westfield shopping centre, proposals for a park built on disused railway sidings, and the housing-led redevelopment of a hospital in Plaistow are all on the shortlist for recognition in this year's London Planning Awards.

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Why a London borough is removing permitted development rights from two-thirds of the pubs within its boundaries

Why a London borough is removing permitted development rights from two-thirds of the pubs within its boundaries

Wandsworth Council is pressing ahead with plans to use an article 4 direction to safeguard 120 of its pubs and bars, despite recent legislative changes that have removed permitted development rights from public houses listed as community assets.

Policy Summary: Trust guidance outlines planning's role in protecting parks and gardens heritage

Policy Summary: Trust guidance outlines planning's role in protecting parks and gardens heritage

Policy: The Planning System in England and the Protection of Historic Parks and Gardens - Guidance for Local Planning Authorities.

What heritage sector resourcing proposals could mean for planning system

What heritage sector resourcing proposals could mean for planning system

Heritage bodies have published proposals intended to address a decline in historic environment specialists working in local authorities, but experts say that implementing the ideas will not be without difficulty.

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.


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Legal Viewpoint: Court issues interpretation of heritage assets policy

Legal Viewpoint: Court issues interpretation of heritage assets policy

In a recent case from Gloucestershire, the High Court considered the interaction between the presumption in favour of sustainable development in paragraph 14 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the restriction on development affecting heritage assets in paragraph 134.

Legal Viewpoint: Joining the dots on heritage duties in committee reports

Legal Viewpoint: Joining the dots on heritage duties in committee reports

Planning should be about creative judgement and common sense. A recent High Court case on the conversion of a pub next to a north London nightclub into housing highlights the need to get the basics right.

Czechs' chequered history offers examples for heritage conservation, by Cliff Hague

Czechs' chequered history offers examples for heritage conservation, by Cliff Hague

Heritage conservation is increasingly a headache in austerity Britain, with rationalisations of space use, absentee landlords, the continued problem of VAT on repairs and maintenance and the squeeze on conservation skills in local government all threatening historic townscapes.

Prepare to resume old battles, by John Gummer

Prepare to resume old battles, by John Gummer

The planning system is a crucial environmental tool. However, like any other instrument, it's not always effective and, uniquely, its failures are clear for all to see.


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