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The 7 recovered appeal decisions announced before pre-election purdah restrictions

The 7 recovered appeal decisions announced before pre-election purdah restrictions

Communities secretary Sajid Javid decided seven recovered appeals on a single day ahead of the start of pre-election purdah restrictions, refusing a total of 725 homes and allowing only 80 units.

Fresh Taunton Firepool mixed-use plans submitted

Fresh Taunton Firepool mixed-use plans submitted

A fresh outline application has been submitted for a mixed-use scheme, including up to 200 homes and 6,000 square metres of non-food retail space at a site at Taunton in Somerset after previous plans were refused last autumn.

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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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