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Javid blocks South Devon AONB wind turbine

Javid blocks South Devon AONB wind turbine

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for plans to build a single wind turbine within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), ruling that the benefits of the proposal would be outweigh by harm to the AONB and the setting of a number of heritage assets.

Mayoral candidates clash over Greater Manchester spatial plan

Mayoral candidates clash over Greater Manchester spatial plan

Candidates for May's Greater Manchester mayoral election have clashed over the city-region's draft spatial framework, with Labour's Andy Burnham calling for a 'radical rewrite' that results in a 'substantial' reduction in green belt loss and Lib Dem candidate Jane Brophy calling for the plan to be axed entirely.

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Homes refused after ministerial statement gives parish plan 'full weight'

Homes refused after ministerial statement gives parish plan 'full weight'

An application for up to 65 homes on a 3.4-hectare site in Oxfordshire has been rejected, after an officer's report said that a ministerial statement issued before Christmas meant that 'full weight' could be attributed to a neighbourhood plan's housing policies.

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How we did it: Winning a battle to revive a Thames wharf

How we did it: Winning a battle to revive a Thames wharf

Close cooperation between public and private partners has saved a London wharf from redevelopment plans, David Dewar reports.

Why a London borough is removing permitted development rights from two-thirds of the pubs within its boundaries

Why a London borough is removing permitted development rights from two-thirds of the pubs within its boundaries

Wandsworth Council is pressing ahead with plans to use an article 4 direction to safeguard 120 of its pubs and bars, despite recent legislative changes that have removed permitted development rights from public houses listed as community assets.

What heritage sector resourcing proposals could mean for planning system

What heritage sector resourcing proposals could mean for planning system

Heritage bodies have published proposals intended to address a decline in historic environment specialists working in local authorities, but experts say that implementing the ideas will not be without difficulty.

How National Park boundary extensions could affect planning

How National Park boundary extensions could affect planning

Boundary extensions that "virtually join" the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Lake District National Park have taken effect, but planning policies for the expanded areas will remain a potential source of confusion for some time.