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Javid refuses 11-turbine Cornwall wind farm

Javid refuses 11-turbine Cornwall wind farm

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused an application for a wind farm in Cornwall after agreeing with an inspector that the scheme's 'extensive and weighty' benefits would not outweigh harm to heritage assets and it would breach local planning policy.

Decision times slip for major Scottish applications

Decision times slip for major Scottish applications

The average time taken to reach planning decisions on major schemes in Scotland has gone up by 19 per cent over the past year and is now at its slowest since the start of data collection for this area in 2012/13, latest official statistics reveal.

Go-ahead for 616-room City of London student housing scheme

Go-ahead for 616-room City of London student housing scheme

A plan to demolish vacant buildings to make way for a development involving 616 student rooms, offices, a cafe and an exhibition space in the heart of London's financial district has been given the go-ahead.

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Forum: Does tennis court require planning consent?

Forum: Does tennis court require planning consent?

Q Is planning permission required to install a tennis court in the back garden of a dwellinghouse? SW

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How a ruling clarifies the scope of the NPPF's presumption policy

How a ruling clarifies the scope of the NPPF's presumption policy

A key Court of Appeal judgment makes clear that the National Planning Policy Framework's presumption in favour of sustainable development should not apply in instances where a local council has an up-to-date plan, in a ruling that experts suggest should "put to bed" planning disputes over the scope of the presumption.

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

In 1997, a controversial new planning policy was introduced that allowed new homes in the countryside to be built providing they were of outstanding architectural quality. Two decades on, David Dewar examines the impact of so-called 'Gummer's Law'.

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

News that an inspector has thrown out an attempt to remove a condition preventing two new homes in a Cornish holiday resort from being occupied as second homes or used for holiday accommodation features in the latest instalment of Neighbourhood Watch.

What compulsory purchase climbdown means for estate regeneration

What compulsory purchase climbdown means for estate regeneration

A ministerial decision to block a compulsory purchase order that experts said appeared to give more weight to human rights issues than previous verdicts in this area has been quashed following a legal challenge.


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Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

The Court of Appeal has rejected a generalised presumption in favour of sustainable development (PIFSD) in its ruling on an inspector's decision to approve Barwood Strategic Land's plans for up to 150 new homes in Staffordshire.

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Legal Viewpoint: Appeal judges find no error on green belt waste facility

Legal Viewpoint: Appeal judges find no error on green belt waste facility

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge against the secretary of state's decision to grant a development consent order (DCO) for a hazardous waste landfill facility in the Lancashire green belt.

Legal Viewpoint: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

Legal Viewpoint: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

If the man travelling to St Ives in the nursery rhyme is planning to buy a new second home there with any or all of his seven wives, he has another thing coming.