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Go-ahead for 616-room City of London student housing scheme

Go-ahead for 616-room City of London student housing scheme

A plan to demolish vacant buildings to make way for a development involving 616 student rooms, offices, a cafe and an exhibition space for King's College London in the heart of London's financial district has been given the go-ahead.

Judge rules that Somerset council acted unfairly over section 106 agreement

Judge rules that Somerset council acted unfairly over section 106 agreement

A High Court judge has ruled that a Somerset council acted unfairly in its handling of a section 106 agreement.

262-home north London green belt scheme approved

262-home north London green belt scheme approved

Plans have been approved for the redevelopment of a former university campus in the north London green belt into a 262-home residential-led scheme, after planners concluded that the the benefits of the development would outweigh any harm to the green belt.

Neville and Giggs reveal revised proposals for Manchester tower scheme

Neville and Giggs reveal revised proposals for Manchester tower scheme

Ex-footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs's plans to redevelop part of central Manchester have been revised to include a single tower rather than the two skyscrapers put forward in the original proposal.

Plans approved for revamp of Birmingham's Curzon Street Station

Plans approved for revamp of Birmingham's Curzon Street Station

Plans have been approved for the conversion of Birmingham's former Curzon Street Station to include new office space, a visitor centre and a cafe after planners concluded that proposed works were 'well considered and consistent' with the restoration of the listed building.

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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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