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Exclusive: Sharp rise in appeals to allow 'outstanding' country homes

Exclusive: Sharp rise in appeals to allow 'outstanding' country homes

The number of appeals that cite a controversial planning policy allowing new homes to be built in the countryside providing they are of 'outstanding' architectural quality has almost trebled since the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), exclusive research by Planning shows.

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10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that Reading MP Alok Sharma has been appointed as the new minister for housing and planning.

How the mini government reshuffle could affect planning

How the mini government reshuffle could affect planning

Sajid Javid will keep the housing delivery bandwagon rolling but Gavin Barwell's new posting at the heart of government may be even more influential in the long run, experts speculate.

What a minority government signifies for planning and housing reform measures

What a minority government signifies for planning and housing reform measures

In the wake of this month's tumultuous general election, which saw planning minister Gavin Barwell lose his seat in the Commons, the planning community sees good reason to remain quietly optimistic, since on the issue of housebuilding there already exists significant cross-party support.

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NPPG In Depth & Comment

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

In 1997, a controversial new planning policy was introduced that allowed new homes in the countryside to be built providing they were of outstanding architectural quality. Two decades on, David Dewar examines the impact of so-called 'Gummer's Law'.

Legal viewpoint: Common sense triumphs in housing supply judgment

Legal viewpoint: Common sense triumphs in housing supply judgment

The Supreme Court's first judgment on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has rejected a broad approach to the meaning of paragraph 49, which states that "relevant policies for the supply of housing" should not be considered up to date where a council cannot show a five-year supply.

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that the absence of a five-year supply of deliverable sites should render out of date only those policies dealing with the numbers and distribution of housing and not those which seek to restrict housing.

Supreme Court offers little succour to councils with land supply shortages, by Richard Garlick

Supreme Court offers little succour to councils with land supply shortages, by Richard Garlick

Paragraph 49 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) says that "relevant policies for the supply of housing should not be considered up-to-date if the local planning authority cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites".


Policy Briefings

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.

Policy Briefing: Why planners need to know about air quality policy

Policy Briefing: Why planners need to know about air quality policy

With air pollution receiving greater attention, planners need to give increasing consideration to the issue, says Justine Thornton QC.

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