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Planning officers question Queen's Speech silence on compulsory purchase

Planning officers question Queen's Speech silence on compulsory purchase

The absence from the Queen's Speech of any promised legislation to make compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) easier for councils to use could hamper planning authorities ability to drive housing delivery, according to the organisation that represents senior planning officers.

Mayor 'furious' over change to Battersea affordable homes deal

Mayor 'furious' over change to Battersea affordable homes deal

London mayor Sadiq Khan has blasted Wandsworth Council after members voted through a change to the section 106 deal for the huge Battersea Power Station project that has deleted 250 promised affordable homes from earlier phases of the project and made them subject to an end-of-scheme viability review.

High Court quashes approval of 400 homes at Derbyshire hall

High Court quashes approval of 400 homes at Derbyshire hall

An inspector's decision to allow plans for up to 400 new homes close to a historic mansion in Derbyshire has been overturned by the High Court, after a judge found that he had taken an 'artificially narrow approach' in assessing harm to the setting of heritage assets.

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Forum: Prior approval query

Forum: Prior approval query

Q Under classes C, J, M, N, O, P, R, S and T of part 3, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order 2015, prior approval is required before the change of use can take place...

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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.

How Javid's decision-making since campaigning started reverses his previous trends

How Javid's decision-making since campaigning started reverses his previous trends

Communities secretary Sajid Javid decided seven recovered appeals on a single day ahead of the start of pre-election purdah restrictions, refusing 90 per cent of the homes contained in the applications before him.


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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.

Legal Viewpoint: Obligations route blocked on parking permit restrictions

Legal Viewpoint: Obligations route blocked on parking permit restrictions

A Court of Appeal ruling last month involving planning permission to convert a building in west London from five flats to eight explored the lawfulness and enforceability of planning obligations that seek to restrict residents from applying for permits for on-street parking.

Legal viewpoint: Common sense triumphs in housing supply judgment

Legal viewpoint: Common sense triumphs in housing supply judgment

The Supreme Court's first judgment on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has rejected a broad approach to the meaning of paragraph 49, which states that "relevant policies for the supply of housing" should not be considered up to date where a council cannot show a five-year supply.