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Planners back 1,800-home Surrey aerodrome scheme

Planners back 1,800-home Surrey aerodrome scheme

Plans for a 1,800-home development on a 248-hectare aerodrome site in Surrey have been recommended for approval by planners who concluded that the development would offer 'significant social and economic gains'.

Javid blocks Surrey green belt solar farm

Javid blocks Surrey green belt solar farm

The communities secretary has refused plans for a 5.25MW solar farm on a 10-hectare site within the Surrey green belt after he agreed with an inspector that 'very special circumstances' did not exist to justify the development.

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Why a planning go-ahead for a new runway could be six years away

Why a planning go-ahead for a new runway could be six years away

A series of planning hurdles must be overcome before a final planning go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow is achieved, according to experts.

How Heathrow expansion will affect plan-making around the airport

How Heathrow expansion will affect plan-making around the airport

Local authorities around Heathrow fear that the government's 2017 local plan deadline could undermine their efforts to plan to accommodate the employment and housing growth generated by a third runway at the airport.

Local Plan Watch: Bucks councils eye green belt release

Local Plan Watch: Bucks councils eye green belt release

Two Buckinghamshire councils are considering plans to remove more than 400 hectares of land from the green belt to provide for around 6,000 homes, as part of their emerging joint local plan.

How district is pushing back on county-wide housing allocations

How district is pushing back on county-wide housing allocations

An Oxfordshire council's decision to break ranks on housing targets has raised questions over the area's efforts to meet the duty to cooperate, experts have warned.


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