How a council's attempt to overturn an inspector's assessment of its housing land supply foundered in court

How a council's attempt to overturn an inspector's assessment of its housing land supply foundered in court

A High Court ruling has dismissed a council's attempt to challenge an aspect of an appeal decision, which found it had an inadequate housing land supply. But a key issue of whether housing oversupply should be taken into account for land supply calculations has been left unresolved, say legal experts.

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Watford mayor urges Brokenshire to review PD rights following windowless flats approval

Watford mayor urges Brokenshire to review PD rights following windowless flats approval

Watford's elected mayor has written to housing secretary James Brokenshire urging him to review residential permitted development (PD) rights, saying it "beggars belief" that plans to convert an industrial building into a housing scheme featuring windowless flats were allowed on appeal.

Judge quashes Wembley mosque consent after finding 'fundamental defects' in inspector's decision

Judge quashes Wembley mosque consent after finding 'fundamental defects' in inspector's decision

The High Court has overturned an appeal decision granting retrospective permission for a mosque that had been operating unlawfully on a builder's yard in north London, after the judge found the inspector had made a "fundamental defect" by not properly considering the "highly contentious planning issues" involved.

South Oxfordshire ducks local plan withdrawal decision after £218m infrastructure cash warning

South Oxfordshire ducks local plan withdrawal decision after £218m infrastructure cash warning

South Oxfordshire Council's recently-elected administration has shied away from withdrawing its local plan from examination after being warned by a county council leader that doing so could threaten £218 million of central government infrastructure funding for a proposed garden town.

Leeds gives green light to 701 homes on greenfield site

Leeds gives green light to 701 homes on greenfield site

Leeds City Council has granted permission for 701 homes on a greenfield site in the city's suburbs after officers advised that the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) 'tilted balance' had to be applied due to the authority's current housing land supply shortfall.


Almost half of councils think homes created through PD rights are 'threat to health and wellbeing'

Almost half of councils think homes created through PD rights are 'threat to health and wellbeing'

Almost half of councils think housing created through permitted development (PD) rights could damage people's health and harm vulnerable people, according to a new survey, which warned of the creation of '21st century slums'.

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Interim recommendations by the government's design quality commission would place "beauty" at the heart of the planning system. Commentators expect the new Prime Minister to take forward the agenda, but suggest that under-resourced councils might struggle to push for higher design standards.

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

A Berkshire council's attempt to secure the backing of local residents to depart from the government's standard housing need method in its new local plan is unlikely to cut any ice with planning inspectors, say observers.

How joint strategic plans are progressing across England, and the obstacles that they face

How joint strategic plans are progressing across England, and the obstacles that they face

A new generation of sub-regional strategic plans are being prepared in five different areas of England. But their progress faces a number of hurdles, Adam Branson finds.

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Planners will need to become familiarised with key design principles when assessing proposals, say David Birkbeck and Dr Stefan Kruczkowski.

Controversy is not new but passions now run higher, by Graeme Bell

Controversy is not new but passions now run higher, by Graeme Bell

Theresa May's valedictory comments to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg - "I underestimated people's entrenched positions" - are unlikely to be voiced by anyone who has had recent experience of planning.

The public needs to see that the standard method is free from political tinkering, by Richard Garlick

The public needs to see that the standard method is free from political tinkering, by Richard Garlick

Plenty of planning authorities will be finding the figures generated by the government's standard method for assessing housing need uncomfortably large.

Diary: No home for alpacas?

Diary: No home for alpacas?

More than 40 alpacas could be on the lookout for a new home after North Warwickshire Borough Council refused permission for a three-bedroom dwelling at the site of the Lucky Tails Alpaca Farm.

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