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Council's failure to respond to prior approval request 'was not default consent'

Council's failure to respond to prior approval request 'was not default consent'

Appeal judges have confirmed that developments requiring planning permission cannot become permitted development by default just because of delays in local authority decision-making.

Neighbourhood Watch: Hampshire plan survives close call

Neighbourhood Watch: Hampshire plan survives close call

Last month's 58.8 per cent vote in favour of a Hampshire neighbourhood plan is one of the tightest referendum results to date, an analysis of figures compiled by Planning reveals.

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How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

Volunteers in Kent have helped prepare a local list protecting heritage assets for their district council, reports David Dewar

How we did it: Winning consent to build in a strategic gap

How we did it: Winning consent to build in a strategic gap

A football club worked with the local council and community to win consent for its training ground, Joey Gardiner reports.

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire plan falls short of need

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire plan falls short of need

A Berkshire local authority has published a draft local plan setting out new homes targets that fall short of its objectively assessed housing need.

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

A Sussex council's block on new traffic-generating development and its decision to lower its housing targets have caused confusion and concern among applicants and neighbouring authorities.


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