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Campaigners vow to take Lancashire fracking fight to Supreme Court

Campaigners vow to take Lancashire fracking fight to Supreme Court

Environmental campaigners have said that they intend to take their fight to overturn a government decision to approve a fracking site in Lancashire to the Supreme Court, after the Court of Appeal rejected their latest legal challenge.

Spatial planning links promised in northern transport blueprint

Spatial planning links promised in northern transport blueprint

The emerging strategic transport plan for the north of England will seek to support councils' spatial and economic planning functions in developing an integrated approach to transport and land-use planning, its authors have promised.

Councillors overrule officers to reject 325 green belt homes and school

Councillors overrule officers to reject 325 green belt homes and school

Councillors yesterday voted to reject plans for a new special educational needs school and 325 homes in Greater Manchester's green belt, overruling their planning officers' recommendation to approve.

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Is it about to get harder for local planning authorities to plan for more housing growth?

Is it about to get harder for local planning authorities to plan for more housing growth?

Observers are concerned that in some areas the combination of falling population projections and the outputs of the government's proposals standard formula for assessing housing need could assist those authorities that want to reduce their housing targets.

Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Did a desire to manipulate the planning process cause Cheshire air quality data to be doctored, asks Catherine Early.

How we did it: Using a planning performance agreement

How we did it: Using a planning performance agreement

A performance agreement helped secure prompt permission for a Salford regeneration scheme. David Dewar reports.

CIL Watch: Cheshire East reduces proposed residential levy rates

CIL Watch: Cheshire East reduces proposed residential levy rates

News that Cheshire East Council has slashed proposed residential Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges across the majority of its area features in the latest instalment of CIL Watch.


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