Summaries of key development management decisions, including appeals, ombudsman reports, court judgements and Secretary of State decisions. Cases are selected and summarised by the COMPASS team. COMPASS is a fully indexed and searchable database of planning decisions.

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Listed buildings sold abroad should be retrieved

An inspector dismissed appeals against enforcement action and refusal of retrospective listed building consent by a Warwickshire council in respect of the removal of listed stone piers surmounted by lead urn finials from a country property.

Plan-led system prevails in decision on housing

An inspector has dismissed an appeal for 50 new houses outside the settlement boundary of a sustainable Essex village, an accepted location for housing growth in an emerging plan, deciding the choice of sites was properly a matter for the forthcoming rural site allocations plan and neighbourhood plan.

Small housing scheme succeeds on merits

Nine new homes were approved on vacant open land formerly in employment use within the settlement boundary of a large Hampshire village identified as a local service centre.

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Legal Viewpoint: Powers of reason affecting decisions to grant consent

When does a duty to give reasons for granting planning permission apply? The legal position is increasingly convoluted, despite the government decision in 2013 to remove the specific duty for councils to summarise reasons for approval on each permission.

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