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Plans approved for 149 homes on edge of Barnstaple

Plans approved for 149 homes on edge of Barnstaple

Plans have been approved for up to 149 homes on a site on the edge of Barnstaple in Devon, contrary to policies in the local council's adopted development plan.

Cornish parishes back second homes restrictions

Cornish parishes back second homes restrictions

Two more Cornish communities have voted in favour of neighbourhood plans containing policies intended to prevent new-build properties being used as second homes.

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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.

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.


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