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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 the communities secretary Sajid Javid is set to take control of plan making at 15 local authorities that have failed to make progress on their local plans.

Judge backs Javid's decision to block 225 Hampshire homes

Judge backs Javid's decision to block 225 Hampshire homes

A High Court judge has thrown out a legal bid to overturn the communities secretary's decision to reject plans for up to 225 homes and a 60-bed care in Hampshire, rejecting arguments that Sajid Javid's decision was 'irrational'.

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.

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Barn conversions - The latest picture

Barn conversions - The latest picture

Why are agricultural-to-residential conversion refusal rates still so high, asks Jamie Carpenter.

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.

How simplified housing need proposal will affect parish planners

How simplified housing need proposal will affect parish planners

Commentators say that proposals for a standard formula to calculate housing need figures for neighbourhood plan areas where a district's local plan is out-of-date may reduce disagreements, but warn of unintended consequences.

Why the government is to look again at guidance around agricultural building conversions

Why the government is to look again at guidance around agricultural building conversions

When do the works required to make a building suitable for a new use become so extensive that the process should be seen as a rebuild rather than a conversion?


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Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Delays in decision-making on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) used to be an exceptional circumstance. Only one of the first 42 decisions missed the three month decision deadline. But suddenly they are becoming commonplace.

It's time for a hut revolution, by Chris Brown

Regulation can impact the built environment in ways that are largely invisible. For example, most European countries, indeed western countries generally, have a tradition of dachas, baches, huts which are basic recreation accommodation in rural, wooded or coastal locations.

Applicants as well as authorities need to raise their games, by Richard Garlick

Discussions about how to speed up the planning process usually seem to default to complaints about local planning authority performance, and what could be done to improve it.

Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Six years ago, the publication of the draft version of the National Planning Policy Framework for consultation unleashed a storm of protest.

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