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Government rejects threatened grounds of challenge against neighbourhood planning changes

Government rejects threatened grounds of challenge against neighbourhood planning changes

The government has signalled that it does not intend to back down over its recent move to strengthen neighbourhood plans, rejecting the grounds of a legal challenge threatened by a group of developers in a letter seen by Planning.

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Plans for Worthing's tallest building approved by councillors

Plans for Worthing's tallest building approved by councillors

Councillors in Sussex last week approved plans for a regeneration scheme incorporating a tower block which would be Worthing's tallest building.

Milton Keynes celebrates 50th anniversary

Milton Keynes celebrates 50th anniversary

Reports that 'adoring residents' will today celebrate the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Judge backs holiday lodge plan for Wiltshire country park

Judge backs holiday lodge plan for Wiltshire country park

A High Court judge has backed a Wiltshire council's planning consent for 90 new holiday lodges at a country park.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

The Tory peer who has launched legal action in a bid to overturn the communities secretary's decision to allow a scheme comprising 50 homes in East Sussex has said that the approval has 'destroyed' a village's neighbourhood plan and 'destroyed people's trust in fair government'.

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

Local consultation and cooperation has brought a 416 home development to fruition in the South Downs. David Dewar reports.

Why Scotland is set to dismantle its system of city-regional planning

Why Scotland is set to dismantle its system of city-regional planning

Plans to axe Scotland's system of city-regional plan-making are contained in a major consultation on changes to the country's planning system.

Legal Viewpoint: Powers of reason affecting decisions to grant consent

Legal Viewpoint: Powers of reason affecting decisions to grant consent

When does a duty to give reasons for granting planning permission apply? The legal position is increasingly convoluted, despite the government decision in 2013 to remove the specific duty for councils to summarise reasons for approval on each permission.


Policy Briefings

Policy Briefing: What new housing fund means for large-scale developments

Policy Briefing: What new housing fund means for large-scale developments

New funding for large-scale schemes is good news but longer-term measures are also needed, say Dominick Veasey and Fay Goodson.

Policy Briefing: How the Greater Manchester draft plan affects you

Policy Briefing: How the Greater Manchester draft plan affects you

The city-region framework's focus on a few large sites could present challenges, says Gary Halman.

Policy Summary: Fund to help authorities handle shale gas applications

Policy Summary: Fund to help authorities handle shale gas applications

Policy: Shale Exploration - Support for Mineral Planning Authorities

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