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Natural England amalgamates Cornwall SSSIs

Natural England amalgamates Cornwall SSSIs

The government's wildlife advisor has announced the amalgamation and expansion of six sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) in Cornwall.

Revised plans for 185-home Dorset prison redevelopment approved

Revised plans for 185-home Dorset prison redevelopment approved

Revised plans for the conversion of a former prison in Dorset into a 185-home residential scheme have been approved by the local council after it had rejected an application for a previous scheme which included plans for four additional homes.

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How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

An energy firm worked with Natural England to protect sensitive Dorset downland by relocating a solar farm. David Dewar reports.

How we did it: Building support for a neighbourhood plan

How we did it: Building support for a neighbourhood plan

Innovative engagement tactics proved key to creating a plan for one of Bristol's most diverse areas. John Geoghegan reports.

How we did it: Producing policy to boost self-build homes

How we did it: Producing policy to boost self-build homes

A Devon council has established a blueprint requiring developers to provide self-build housing. David Dewar reports.

Why are so few communities making use of their power to allow development without a planning application?

Why are so few communities making use of their power to allow development without a planning application?

Residents of a Gloucestershire town last week voted to grant permission for an affordable housing development, becoming one of only a handful of communities to deploy rarely-used localism powers.


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