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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Station redevelopment impact on cathedral setting judged acceptable

Plans to redevelop Guildford train station and create up to 438 dwellings along with improvements to the public realm were sanctioned after an examination of the likely impact on the town's cathedral.

Definition of assisted living accommodation considered in extra-care development

A development comprising 113 extra care units with staff accommodation and communal facilities in Devon was held by an inspector to fall within Class C2 and they were not, as contended by the council, dwellings within Class C3.

Holiday accommodation unsustainably located and harmful

Erecting three buildings containing 10 units of holiday accommodation in Northumberland would result in an unsustainable development which would also harm the character of the area, an inspector ruled, and rejected the appellant's claims that it would support the local economy.

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Development management answers: Curtilage query

Q. A planning condition removing all residential permitted development rights was imposed on a dwelling.

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Legal Viewpoint: Judge clarifies duties on application amendments

Legal Viewpoint: Judge clarifies duties on application amendments

When do councils need to reconsult if a developer amends a planning application? The principle laid down in Wheatcroft v Secretary of State for the Environment and Another [1980] is that a permissible change to a planning application is one that does not make the application "in substance not that which was applied for".

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