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Legal Viewpoint: Rooftop notification error leads to quashing of consent

Legal Viewpoint: Rooftop notification error leads to quashing of consent

Planning applications for rooftop extensions are increasingly popular, especially in densely populated cities where not enough land is being brought forward for new housing. A planning application can be made by anyone, even someone without an interest in the land, and without first obtaining consent from the owner.

Nearly one in ten new homes created under office-to-resi rights, research finds

Nearly one in ten new homes created under office-to-resi rights, research finds

Almost one-tenth of new homes created over the last two years were converted from offices under permitted development (PD) rights, resulting in the loss of more than 7,500 potential affordable units, according to research by the Local Government Association (LGA).

NPPF revisions will propose stronger music venue protection

NPPF revisions will propose stronger music venue protection

The government has confirmed that the long-awaited revised draft of the National Planning Policy framework (NPPF) will be 'clarified' to include 'detailed reference' to a planning principle intended to protect night-time music venues.

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Development management answers: Curtilage query

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 review 2017 - Ten 2017 court rulings you need to know

Legal review 2017 - Ten 2017 court rulings you need to know

Lawyers highlight the legal decisions from the past 12 months that carry the biggest implications for planning.

How air quality is featuring in a growing number of disputes

How air quality is featuring in a growing number of disputes

Air quality is becoming a source of contention in planning decisions far more frequently, developing into an issue of increasing importance in a growing number of local disputes as well as affecting major infrastructure projects, according to experts.

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Reports that an Oxfordshire district has suffered a setback in its legal bid to overturn an inspector's approval of a 95-home scheme on a site not allocated in an adopted neighbourhood plan feature in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

The implications of the Court of Appeal's 'deliverable' sites ruling

The implications of the Court of Appeal's 'deliverable' sites ruling

A court ruling on the policy test for establishing the likelihood of identified sites actually being developed should give councils a firmer basis for showing a five-year supply, experts have suggested.


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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".

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling highlights scope for error on repeat conditions

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling highlights scope for error on repeat conditions

A recent High Court decision on a case in London highlights how complex section 73 permissions can be and how errors can so easily be made when granting permission and applying conditions.

Legal Viewpoint: Sorry case history shows planning in a poor light

Legal Viewpoint: Sorry case history shows planning in a poor light

The facts in a recent High Court case from Gloucestershire illustrate much of what is wrong in current planning.