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Judge orders travellers to leave Surrey green belt site

Judge orders travellers to leave Surrey green belt site

A High Court judge has told a group of travellers who unlawfully occupied an area of green belt land in Surrey to leave the site within 14 days.

Green light for 35-storey, 514-home Croydon town centre scheme

Green light for 35-storey, 514-home Croydon town centre scheme

Plans for a mixed-use development up to 35 storeys high and including 514 new homes have been approved by a south London council, despite the proposal falling short of the local authority's affordable housing requirement.

Plans approved for Ebbsfleet industrial scheme

Plans approved for Ebbsfleet industrial scheme

Plans have been approved for a 21,500 square metre employment scheme on a brownfield site within the area of the proposed Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent, after planners concluded that the development would 'stimulate and act as a catalyst for inward investment'.

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Forum: planning conditions query

Forum: planning conditions query

Q A consultant claims that planning authorities cannot impose conditions to remove permitted development (PD) rights on reserved matters approvals, stating that this needs to be done at outline stage...

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How landlords are using a loophole to profit from 'micro-flats'

How landlords are using a loophole to profit from 'micro-flats'

Unscrupulous landlords are exploiting a 2010 change to permitted development rights to convert homes into "micro-flats" in order to rake in housing benefit payments, campaigners and councils have claimed.

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.

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

A Sussex council's block on new traffic-generating development and its decision to lower its housing targets have caused confusion and concern among applicants and neighbouring authorities.

What figures reveal on take-up of storage-to-residential right

What figures reveal on take-up of storage-to-residential right

New official statistics show that more than half of prior approval applications for the conversion of storage and distribution uses to housing are being approved, but some councils are sufficiently concerned about the impact of such changes that they are removing the permitted development rights.


Development Management Comment

Legal viewpoint: Stripy house saga highlights limits on remediation notices

Legal viewpoint: Stripy house saga highlights limits on remediation notices

Few will have missed the west London "stripy house" saga. The owner had been seeking planning permission to convert it from offices to a dwelling.

Legal Viewpoint: Still scope for challenges to costs protection rules

Legal Viewpoint: Still scope for challenges to costs protection rules

The government has long struggled to find an efficient and effective way of meeting the requirements of the Aarhus Convention that environmental challenges should not be prohibitively expensive.

Legal viewpoint: Copyright checks needed over approved drawings

Legal viewpoint: Copyright checks needed over approved drawings

When developers buy land that has the benefit of planning permission, they know that the fact they did not apply for it themselves is irrelevant because the consent runs with the land, not the original applicant.