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Judge backs holiday lodge plan for Wiltshire country park

Judge backs holiday lodge plan for Wiltshire country park

A High Court judge has backed a Wiltshire council's planning consent for 90 new holiday lodges at a country park.

Devon council approves its 'largest ever' planning application

Devon council approves its 'largest ever' planning application

A Devon council has approved its 'largest planning application ever' which would see up to 1,350 homes built at a 90-hectare site to the south west of Exeter.

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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.

Will the Cornish second home ban prompt imitators?

Will the Cornish second home ban prompt imitators?

A neighbourhood plan seeking to halt the spread of second homes in St Ives faces a legal challenge and has received a frosty ministerial response, but experts say similar policies elsewhere have helped reduce house prices.


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