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Go-ahead for 607-home Leeds scheme

Go-ahead for 607-home Leeds scheme

Plans have been approved for up to 607 apartments in Leeds after planners concluded that 'considerable public benefits' of the repair and conversion of a former railway viaduct into a park justified a relaxation of the council's affordable housing policy.

Judge dismisses legal challenge against secretary of state power line approval

Judge dismisses legal challenge against secretary of state power line approval

A High Court judge has rejected an attempt to overturn a secretary of state decision to approve an electricity line that would connect two wind farms to the national grid, dismissing arguments that the minister had failed to properly assess heritage impacts.

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Plans approved for new Oxford city centre hotel

Plans approved for new Oxford city centre hotel

Plans have been approved for a new 140-bed hotel on a site adjacent to Oxford Castle in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that any harm to heritage assets would be outweighed by the scheme's 'high quality design and public benefits'.

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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 changes to St Paul's backdrop were not stopped by planning rules

Why changes to St Paul's backdrop were not stopped by planning rules

A row has erupted over the construction of a tower which campaigners say has harmed a protected view of St Paul's Cathedral, but experts say that is not clear whether a failure of planning guidance is to blame.

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.