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Why new government targets could see 22 councils lose planning powers next year

Why new government targets could see 22 councils lose planning powers next year

The expansion of the special measures regime to penalise town halls that take too long to decide minor schemes could hand many more applicants the option of sending their applications straight to the Planning Inspectorate, an analysis suggests.

Paddington Cube plans approved despite heritage concerns

Paddington Cube plans approved despite heritage concerns

Plans for an office-led redevelopment of a former Royal Mail site next to Paddington Station in central London have been approved despite concerns from heritage groups, including built environment conservation adviser Historic England.

Planners back 1,800-home Surrey aerodrome scheme

Planners back 1,800-home Surrey aerodrome scheme

Plans for a 1,800-home development on a 248-hectare aerodrome site in Surrey have been recommended for approval by planners who concluded that the development would offer 'significant social and economic gains'.

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Forum: replacement dwelling query

Forum: replacement dwelling query

Q Planning permission was granted for a replacement dwelling in the green belt, with the new dwelling on a different part of the site from the original one...

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Ten 2016 court rulings you need to know

Ten 2016 court rulings you need to know

Prominent lawyers highlight the most significant legal decisions of the year.

What data reveals about the cost of lost appeals

What data reveals about the cost of lost appeals

Recent research found that councils have been paying out millions in costs in recent years because of lost planning appeals. But government figures show that they only lose one in three of these cost award applications.

What's the future for fracking?

What's the future for fracking?

The number of applications from developers to frack for shale gas can be counted on the fingers of one hand. But can planning authorities expect many more in the years ahead, asks John Geoghegan.

Why Javid overruled an inspector to back a neighbourhood plan and block 100 homes

Why Javid overruled an inspector to back a neighbourhood plan and block 100 homes

The communities secretary's decision to refuse a 100-home development in a West Sussex village because of policies contained in its recently-made neighbourhood plan has 'perturbed many' in the development industry.


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Legal Viewpoint: Blocked court access shows need for clarity on deadlines

Legal Viewpoint: Blocked court access shows need for clarity on deadlines

The High Court recently considered whether it has jurisdiction to hear applications under section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 made outside the period allowed for bringing the challenge.

Legal Viewpoint: Why councils may have to flesh out reasons for consent

Legal Viewpoint: Why councils may have to flesh out reasons for consent

The Court of Appeal's judgment in a recent case from Kent raises crucial questions on local planning authorities' duty to give reasons for granting planning permission.

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling clarifies position on amalgamation of dwellings

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling clarifies position on amalgamation of dwellings

The amalgamation of two or more housing units remains the subject of heated debate. Under section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, a material change of use constituting development occurs where one unit is divided into two or more, but the law is silent on the position where multiple dwellings are converted into a single one.