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Javid drops defence of Aylesbury estate CPO refusal

Javid drops defence of Aylesbury estate CPO refusal

The communities secretary has backed out of a legal battle with a south London borough over his decision to not grant a compulsory purchase order (CPO) which would allow the council to progress work on a major estate regeneration project.

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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How a plan to pilot land auctions would capture planning gain

How a plan to pilot land auctions would capture planning gain

Last week's Budget contained no direct references to planning, but observers have predicted that one initiative buried in the small print of the chancellor's statement could boost efforts to secure infrastructure funding from new development.

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.

Why a pan-London infrastructure levy is smashing its targets

Why a pan-London infrastructure levy is smashing its targets

Supporters of proposals to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy with a low-level charge say that new figures demonstrating the success of a pan-London levy set up to raise funds for the Crossrail project serve to bolster rather than undermine their case.

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The contents of a draft version of the document that will guide the planning decision on a third runway at Heathrow gives the airport the signal to start work on its application, while substantial obstacles still lie on the road ahead, say experts.


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