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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Costs not awarded against West Berkshire for defending affordable housing policy

Two schemes for the redevelopment of a former pub to eight or nine dwellings in a large village was allowed after an inspector found a financial contribution towards affordable housing to be unjustified.

Functional relationship key in deciding annex is not a separate dwelling

Enforcement action against the change of use of a domestic outbuilding permitted as a games room in the back garden of a house in Sussex, to a separate dwelling house, was quashed by an inspector after applying case law.

Effect of large outbuilding on area character not relevant to LDC

An inspector granted a LDC for the construction of a single-storey outbuilding for use as a gymnasium, shower room, store and workshop/hobby room, in the back garden of an end-of-terrace dwelling house in London, and awarded costs to the appellant.

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Forum: Flag flying query

Q. We have received an advertisement application for a flagpole at a church on which it is the intention to fly a Union Jack. However, I think national flags no longer require advertisement consent. Should we process the application and, if so, what would the fee for the application be? MP

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Legal Viewpoint: Helping councils hold their nerve on purchase orders

Legal Viewpoint: Helping councils hold their nerve on purchase orders

A Supreme Court ruling last month demonstrates the complexities of compulsory purchase law. The court unpicked a 2015 Court of Appeal ruling overturning an Upper Tribunal decision on compensation for land in Rochdale acquired as part of a larger development scheme. It found that the Court of Appeal misapplied section 6 of the Land Compensation Act 1961.

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