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Javid refuses 92-home Cotswolds scheme

Javid refuses 92-home Cotswolds scheme

The communities secretary has dismissed an appeal for a 92-home development in the Cotswolds after concluding that harm to a conservation area arising from the scheme would not be outweighed by its benefits, including the provision of 50 per cent affordable housing.

Stonehenge tunnel DCO 'to be submitted next year'

Stonehenge tunnel DCO 'to be submitted next year'

Government agency Highways England has said that it intends to submit a development consent order (DCO) application late next year for a tunnel beneath Stonehenge, after the government confirmed its preferred route for the project today.

Plans approved for 228-home Shrewsbury barracks redevelopment

Plans approved for 228-home Shrewsbury barracks redevelopment

A Shropshire council has approved Ministry of Defence (MoD) proposals to turn a former army barracks in Shrewsbury into a residential scheme of up to 228 new homes despite claims that to do so would breach the Armed Forces Covenant.

Councillors reject hotel plan for iconic Edinburgh building

Councillors reject hotel plan for iconic Edinburgh building

Controversial plans to convert Edinburgh's iconic former Royal High School building into a high-end hotel have been unanimously rejected by councillors after planners warned that the development would cause 'permanent and irreversible damage'.

Minister's decision on controversial Paddington Cube to be reviewed

Minister's decision on controversial Paddington Cube to be reviewed

A High Court judge is to review 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.

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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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