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Javid allows conversion of former Hackney police station into primary school

Javid allows conversion of former Hackney police station into primary school

Plans to convert a listed former police station in east London into a Muslim primary school have been approved on appeal by communities secretary Sajid Javid.

Plans approved for 146-home Hornsey Town Hall revamp

Plans approved for 146-home Hornsey Town Hall revamp

Plans have been approved for the mixed-use redevelopment of Grade II-listed Hornsey Town Hall in north London, including a hotel and 146 homes.

Judge upholds Javid decision not to call in Paddington scheme

Judge upholds Javid decision not to call in Paddington scheme

A High Court judge has upheld a decision by communities secretary Sajid Javid not to call in plans for a controversial office-led redevelopment of a former Royal Mail site next to Paddington station in central London.

Judge backs London timber yard redevelopment plan

Judge backs London timber yard redevelopment plan

Plans to redevelop a London timber yard into new flats and shops have been backed by a High Court judge, who dismissed arguments that planning committee members had been 'substantially misled' over the proposals.

Arthurian castle footbridge approved by Cornwall Council

Arthurian castle footbridge approved by Cornwall Council

Plans by English Heritage for an overseas footbridge to an Arthurian castle have been given the go-ahead by Cornwall Council, despite an objection by fellow government watchdog Natural England.

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Policy Summary: Advice on how to prepare a bid for the new round of Heritage Action Zones

Policy Summary: Advice on how to prepare a bid for the new round of Heritage Action Zones

Policy: Heritage Action Zone: Explanatory Notes and Guidance.

Policy Summary: New planning guidance on how to treat the historic environment in Wales

Policy Summary: New planning guidance on how to treat the historic environment in Wales

Policy Technical Advice Note (TAN) 24: The Historic Environment (2017).

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

Volunteers in Kent have helped prepare a local list protecting heritage assets for their district council, reports David Dewar

How we did it: Winning a battle to revive a Thames wharf

How we did it: Winning a battle to revive a Thames wharf

Close cooperation between public and private partners has saved a London wharf from redevelopment plans, David Dewar reports.


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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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