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Javid allows 820 homes in Tees Valley strategic gap

Javid allows 820 homes in Tees Valley strategic gap

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead for a scheme comprising more than 820 homes in the Tees Valley, dismissing the local council's concerns over the impact of the development on a strategic gap.

Javid allows 500 homes despite proposals' conflict with parish plans

Javid allows 500 homes despite proposals' conflict with parish plans

The communities secretary has granted permission for a 400-home scheme in West Sussex and a 103-home development in Wiltshire, concluding in both cases that the local councils' inability to demonstrate a three-year supply of housing sites meant that the proposals' conflict with adopted neighbourhood plans could be overridden.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

News that an inspector has thrown out an attempt to remove a condition preventing two new homes in a Cornish holiday resort from being occupied as second homes or used for holiday accommodation features in the latest instalment of Neighbourhood Watch.

Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Practitioners believe that more neighbourhood groups could follow the example set by two Cornish neighbourhood plans endorsed by residents in local polls held earlier this month, which seek to use planning conditions to prevent new open market housing from being used as second homes.

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.


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