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Fresh Bluewater expansion plans approved

Fresh Bluewater expansion plans approved

Plans have been approved for the expansion of the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent after planners concluded that there would be no negative impacts on neighbouring town centres which could not be mitigated.

High Court quashes enforcement direction over Kensington striped house

High Court quashes enforcement direction over Kensington striped house

A woman who painted her west London townhouse with red and white stripes has won a High Court battle over a council's order to repaint the property after a judge concluded that the planning authority was wrong to issue the direction based on 'aesthetics'.

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The 7 recovered appeal decisions announced before pre-election purdah restrictions

The 7 recovered appeal decisions announced before pre-election purdah restrictions

Communities secretary Sajid Javid decided seven recovered appeals on a single day ahead of the start of pre-election purdah restrictions, refusing a total of 725 homes and allowing only 80 units.

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Forum: Clarity required on reserved matters application

Forum: Clarity required on reserved matters application

Q I am dealing with a site with a history of outline consents to demolish a farmhouse and outbuildings and construct a new house, annexe and garage...

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What a change of use revision means for pub conversions

What a change of use revision means for pub conversions

A government amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill is intended to bolster protection for pubs, but some experts say that a change designed to make it easier for hostelries to expand their food offering could undermine local policies drawn up to safeguard drinking establishments.

How the secretary of state is performing on planning decisions

How the secretary of state is performing on planning decisions

A quarter of recovered appeals and call-in decisions are being decided outside a new three-month deadline for secretary of state decisions, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has admitted.

Why housebuilders may be wary of fast-track planning process

Why housebuilders may be wary of fast-track planning process

There may prove to be little appetite among both housebuilders and infrastructure promoters to make use of new powers allowing homes to be considered alongside major infrastructure projects under the fast-track Planning Act 2008 regime, experts say.

Adapting to Airbnb: How planners are tackling pressures from short-term lets

Adapting to Airbnb: How planners are tackling pressures from short-term lets

How London boroughs are tackling the pressures on local amenity and housing supply from the capital's boom in short-term lets.


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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.

Legal Viewpoint: Case confirms approach to calculating housing need

Legal Viewpoint: Case confirms approach to calculating housing need

Last month, an inspector reaffirmed that unconstrained objectively assessed need (OAN) applies in the absence of an up-to-date plan.

Legal Viewpoint: Basement case tests rules on engineering operations

Legal Viewpoint: Basement case tests rules on engineering operations

A decision by the London Borough of Camden to grant a certificate of lawfulness for a basement extension was the subject of a recent court challenge.