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Go-ahead for 607-home Leeds scheme

Go-ahead for 607-home Leeds scheme

Plans have been approved for up to 607 apartments in Leeds after planners concluded that 'considerable public benefits' of the repair and conversion of a former railway viaduct into a park justified a relaxation of the council's affordable housing policy.

Judge dismisses legal challenge against secretary of state power line approval

Judge dismisses legal challenge against secretary of state power line approval

A High Court judge has rejected an attempt to overturn a secretary of state decision to approve an electricity line that would connect two wind farms to the national grid, dismissing arguments that the minister had failed to properly assess heritage impacts.

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Plans approved for new Oxford city centre hotel

Plans approved for new Oxford city centre hotel

Plans have been approved for a new 140-bed hotel on a site adjacent to Oxford Castle in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that any harm to heritage assets would be outweighed by the scheme's 'high quality design and public benefits'.

High Court orders Bristol woman to reinstate boundary wall

High Court orders Bristol woman to reinstate boundary wall

A High Court judge has told a homeowner that she must reinstate the boundary wall of her six-bedroom property in a Bristol conservation area.

Judge halts legal challenge against Berkhamsted multi-storey car park approval

Judge halts legal challenge against Berkhamsted multi-storey car park approval

A High Court bid to stop a 'monolithic' multi-storey car park being built in the centre of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire has failed.

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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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