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Javid issues holding direction on Paddington Cube approval

Javid issues holding direction on Paddington Cube approval

The communities secretary has issued a holding direction preventing a London borough from formally issuing planning permission for a controversial office-led redevelopment of a former Royal Mail site next to Paddington Station.

Revised plans for 185-home Dorset prison redevelopment approved

Revised plans for 185-home Dorset prison redevelopment approved

Revised plans for the conversion of a former prison in Dorset into a 185-home residential scheme have been approved by the local council after it had rejected an application for a previous scheme which included plans for four additional homes.

Plans to be submitted for 'Liverpool's tallest building'

Plans to be submitted for 'Liverpool's tallest building'

Plans are due to be submitted for what its backers claim would be Liverpool's tallest building - a 530 home, 48-storey tower within the buffer zone boundary of the city's World Heritage Site.

Plans approved for Old War Office conversion

Plans approved for Old War Office conversion

Plans have been approved to convert the Grade II* listed Old War Office building in Westminster to create a 125-bed hotel and 88 apartments, alongside a spa, bar and restaurant facilities.

Go-ahead for 300 homes near Oxfordshire World Heritage Site

Go-ahead for 300 homes near Oxfordshire World Heritage Site

Plans have been approved for up to 300 homes near the Blenheim World Heritage Site (WHS) in Oxfordshire after planners concluded that the scheme's impact on the WHS would be 'less than substantial'.

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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.

Why changes to St Paul's backdrop were not stopped by planning rules

Why changes to St Paul's backdrop were not stopped by planning rules

A row has erupted over the construction of a tower which campaigners say has harmed a protected view of St Paul's Cathedral, but experts say that is not clear whether a failure of planning guidance is to blame.

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.


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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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