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Inspector backs 438 home station scheme despite officers' 'monolithic' claim

Inspector backs 438 home station scheme despite officers' 'monolithic' claim

A planning inspector has allowed an appeal against a council's refusal of plans for the 438-home mixed-use redevelopment of a Surrey train station, after dismissing the council's claim that the development would appear as a 'monolithic' feature, harming the setting of listed buildings.

Homes England mulls CPO to progress 3,000-home Oxfordshire airfield scheme

Homes England mulls CPO to progress 3,000-home Oxfordshire airfield scheme

Government housing agency Homes England has said that it will consider using compulsory purchase powers to progress work on a possible 3,000-home development on a former airfield in Oxfordshire.

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13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

The draft revised version of the London Plan was published for consultation this week. We highlight 13 things you need to know about the key proposed policy changes.

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Reports that an Oxfordshire district has suffered a setback in its legal bid to overturn an inspector's approval of a 95-home scheme on a site not allocated in an adopted neighbourhood plan feature in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

How we did it: Winning approval for a private estate plan

How we did it: Winning approval for a private estate plan

A strategy for a West Sussex rural estate is thought to be the first to be endorsed by its planning authority, John Geoghegan reports.

Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

A delay to the timetable for MPs to vote on the policy statement that will guide the planning decision on Heathrow's expansion and reports that the Labour Party may withdraw its support for the project have raised questions over the future of the scheme.


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