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Application submitted for Luton airport rail link

Application submitted for Luton airport rail link

A planning application has been submitted for a new 2.2-kilometre mass transit system linking Luton Airport Parkway rail station with Luton Airport.

Developer fails to secure deallocation of Kent green belt site

Developer fails to secure deallocation of Kent green belt site

A High Court judge has blocked a developer's attempt to deallocate a green belt site in Kent in order to build a housing development for the elderly.

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How councils and parish planners are responding to minister's statement

How councils and parish planners are responding to minister's statement

A written statement strengthening neighbourhood plans is beginning to influence decisions, has already prompted one parish council to start work on a neighbourhood plan, and could lead to more parishes rushing to get such plans in place, observers have claimed.

Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

The Tory peer who has launched legal action in a bid to overturn the communities secretary's decision to allow a scheme comprising 50 homes in East Sussex has said that the approval has 'destroyed' a village's neighbourhood plan and 'destroyed people's trust in fair government'.

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

Local consultation and cooperation has brought a 416 home development to fruition in the South Downs. David Dewar reports.

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.


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