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Homes approved on Worcestershire green belt hospital site

Homes approved on Worcestershire green belt hospital site

Outline plans for a mixed-use development including 600 homes have been approved at a former hospital site in the Worcestershire green belt.

Park authority hits out over 'scurrilous' bribe claim over 'giraffe house'

Park authority hits out over 'scurrilous' bribe claim over 'giraffe house'

A farmer, fined £750 for failing to comply with an enforcement notice requiring him to demolish a farm building within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, has been accused of making up a 'scurrilous' claim that a planner sought to secure a bribe over the case.

Court of Appeal rejects hidden 'policy within policy' claim over traveller site refusals

Court of Appeal rejects hidden 'policy within policy' claim over traveller site refusals

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a claim that the government is operating a hidden 'policy within a policy' designed to defeat planning applications by Gypsies and travellers.

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Development Management Answers: Does rendering require consent?

One condition of class A, part 1, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 is that, for an extension or alteration to a dwellinghouse to be permitted development, the materials should be of similar appearance to those used on the existing dwelling.

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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.

Barn conversions - The latest picture

Barn conversions - The latest picture

Why are agricultural-to-residential conversion refusal rates still so high, asks Jamie Carpenter.

How Khan faced down boroughs in the hunt for cheap homes

How Khan faced down boroughs in the hunt for cheap homes

Mayoral consents for two big residential schemes in the face of borough opposition suggests the mayor will help developers who boost affordable housing numbers, say experts.


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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.

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling underlines need for consistency in decisions

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling underlines need for consistency in decisions

The High Court has handed down a useful aide-memoire on the requirement for consistency in decision-making.