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Plans submitted for 3,200-home Basingstoke development

Plans submitted for 3,200-home Basingstoke development

A planning application has been submitted for a 3,200-home urban extension to Basingstoke, which its backers claim is one of the largest housing developments in the South East on public land.

London council approves revamp of 31 railway arches

London council approves revamp of 31 railway arches

A west London council has approved plans for the redevelopment of 31 disused railway arches in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the development would help create a 'sense of place'.

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PINS apologises for inspector's 'unprofessional' language in decision letter

PINS apologises for inspector's 'unprofessional' language in decision letter

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has issued an apology for a scathing decision letter that slammed a council's appeal cost application as 'pathetic' and 'frivolous'.

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Forum: planning required for disabled access ramp?

Forum: planning required for disabled access ramp?

Q. Is planning permission required to construct a ramp for disabled access to a dwellinghouse? JM

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Adapting to Airbnb: How planners are tackling pressures from short-term lets

Adapting to Airbnb: How planners are tackling pressures from short-term lets

How London boroughs are tackling the pressures on local amenity and housing supply from the capital's boom in short-term lets.

How Bill amendment would strengthen planning protections for pubs

How Bill amendment would strengthen planning protections for pubs

Peers have amended the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to remove permitted development rights from pubs following concerns over the effectiveness of a recent move to strengthen planning protections for public houses nominated as community assets.

What new court cost rules mean for objectors and councils

What new court cost rules mean for objectors and councils

Environmental groups fear that new court costs rules could deter all but the wealthy from pursuing environmental legal challenges, but other observers say that the changes could level the playing field for local authorities and that there may prove to be ways for objectors to avoid greater exposure to costs.

The planning hurdles that the HS2 rail link's first phase must clear

The planning hurdles that the HS2 rail link's first phase must clear

Local planning authorities along the route of the high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham are preparing to determine scores of applications related to the detailed design of elements of the controversial infrastructure project after legislation paving the way for the scheme received Royal Assent last week.


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Legal Viewpoint: Case confirms approach to calculating housing need

Legal Viewpoint: Case confirms approach to calculating housing need

Last month, an inspector reaffirmed that unconstrained objectively assessed need (OAN) applies in the absence of an up-to-date plan.

Legal Viewpoint: Basement case tests rules on engineering operations

Legal Viewpoint: Basement case tests rules on engineering operations

A decision by the London Borough of Camden to grant a certificate of lawfulness for a basement extension was the subject of a recent court challenge.

Legal Viewpoint: Powers of reason affecting decisions to grant consent

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.