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Judge backs inspector over definition of 'isolated'

Judge backs inspector over definition of 'isolated'

A High Court judge had agreed with a planning inspector that a council used a too restrictive definition of the word 'isolated' when refusing permission for two new homes in the Essex countryside.

AONBs under 'considerable and growing pressure' from development, research finds

AONBs under 'considerable and growing pressure' from development, research finds

There has been an 82 per cent increase in the number of homes approved in England's 34 areas of outstanding natural beauty since 2012, a study by countryside campaigners has found.

Report 'calls for clear and consistent' devolved planning powers across England

Report 'calls for clear and consistent' devolved planning powers across England

There should be a 'clear and consistent framework' for the devolution of housing and planning powers across England to help deliver more affordable homes, a report has recommended.

Inspector blocks 400 Cheshire homes despite 'marginal' five-year supply

Inspector blocks 400 Cheshire homes despite 'marginal' five-year supply

A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal against a Cheshire council's refusal of plans for 400 homes, despite recognising that the council's ability to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply was 'marginal and, potentially, in doubt'.

NPPG In Depth & Comment

Do viability rules favour developer returns over affordable housing?

Do viability rules favour developer returns over affordable housing?

Housing charity Shelter's assertion that a "legal loophole" is allowing developers to get out of building thousands of affordable homes across the country every year has received widespread media coverage, but has also split opinion within the planning sector.

The implications of the Court of Appeal's 'deliverable' sites ruling

The implications of the Court of Appeal's 'deliverable' sites ruling

A court ruling on the policy test for establishing the likelihood of identified sites actually being developed should give councils a firmer basis for showing a five-year supply, experts have suggested.

Why one in three councils face the loss of their five year housing land supply

Why one in three councils face the loss of their five year housing land supply

The government's proposed new method of calculating housing need could see almost one in three local planning authorities lose their five-year land supply positions, say Jonathan Dixon and Emily Williams.

Why the government's infrastructure adviser is taking a growing interest in housing

Why the government's infrastructure adviser is taking a growing interest in housing

Government infrastructure adviser the National Infrastructure Commission has indicated that it could next year make housing-related recommendations, despite housing supply not falling within its remit. But observers are unsure as to how the government is likely to respond.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: A reminder to planners to stay up-to-date with security risks when preparing policies

Policy Summary: A reminder to planners to stay up-to-date with security risks when preparing policies

Policy: Chief planner's letter about security and planning.

Policy Briefing: What does the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling mean for you?

Policy Briefing: What does the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling mean for you?

This landmark judgement should not be viewed by councils as a way to resist housing applications, says Simon Coop.

Policy Briefing: What build to rent policy changes mean for planners

Policy Briefing: What build to rent policy changes mean for planners

Government proposals to strengthen build to rent should provide certainty for councils and developers, says Kathryn Hampton.

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