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High Court backs Slough green belt rail freight refusal

High Court backs Slough green belt rail freight refusal

The High Court has upheld a secretary of state decision to refuse plans for a strategic rail freight interchange in the green belt near Slough, despite a judge ruling that a planning inspector had misinterpreted green belt policy.

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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How we did it: Mitigating homes' impact with green space

How we did it: Mitigating homes' impact with green space

The provision of green spaces near a new housing development in Berkshire is helping to protect rare habitats, reports David Dewar.

What proposed super councils could mean for planning services

What proposed super councils could mean for planning services

While primarily motivated by the potential for delivering cost savings, controversial proposals to create new unitary authorities in Dorset, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire could reshape the operation of planning services in these areas.

How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

Planners and developers in Kent have drawn up an agreement to boost delivery of housing and jobs. John Geoghegan reports.

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The contents of a draft version of the document that will guide the planning decision on a third runway at Heathrow gives the airport the signal to start work on its application, while substantial obstacles still lie on the road ahead, say experts.


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