Council's housing scheme consent quashed following parish's legal challenge

Council's housing scheme consent quashed following parish's legal challenge

A permission for 64 new homes on the edge of a Suffolk village has been overturned by the High Court with the consent of the local authority on the basis that a planning gain agreement failed to secure a new community building alongside the housing.

High Court quashes council's CIL notice served two-and-a-half years late for human rights violation

High Court quashes council's CIL notice served two-and-a-half years late for human rights violation

The High Court has found that a community infrastructure levy (CIL) charge served two-and-a-half years late on, and mis-addressed to, a Hertfordshire resident redeveloping a neighbouring property amounted to a violation of her human rights and has ordered the council to repay her the £16,000 charge.

Pincher welcomes think tank report calling for permissions to include delivery contracts to boost housebuilding

Pincher welcomes think tank report calling for permissions to include delivery contracts to boost housebuilding

Planning permissions should include a legally-binding "delivery contract" setting out "an agreed contractual trajectory of housing delivery" with penalties for developers and councils that breach them, according to a think tank report that has been welcomed by the housing minister.

Emerging plan's 3,500-home allocation next to rewilding project 'would stop nature in its tracks', conservation figures tell Jenrick

Emerging plan's 3,500-home allocation next to rewilding project 'would stop nature in its tracks', conservation figures tell Jenrick

More than 30 senior conservation figures have criticised the government's planning policies for having "not caught up" with its wider pledges to protect and enhance the natural world and have highlighted an emerging local plan's 3,500-home site allocation next to one of England's most high-profile rewilding sites.

Kwarteng delays 1.8GW wind farm decision following court's quashing of sister project

Kwarteng delays 1.8GW wind farm decision following court's quashing of sister project

Business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has delayed a decision on a development consent order (DCO) for a 1.8 gigawatt wind farm off the Norfolk coast, after the High Court earlier in the year overturned consent for the scheme's sister project.


Council 'will no longer request affordable housing from city centre flats'

Council 'will no longer request affordable housing from city centre flats'

Reports that a council is considering dropping a requirement for new city centre flats to provide affordable housing and of the latest in the planning row at a hotel due to host the G7 summit feature in our roundup of the latest news.

How changes to the government's new commercial-to-residential permitted development right are likely to affect its impact

How changes to the government's new commercial-to-residential permitted development right are likely to affect its impact

The government has introduced a number of restrictions to the final version of its controversial new commercial-to-residential permitted development right, including a size limit. While local authorities question whether the concessions would significantly reduce the potential harms caused by the new right, some consultants and lawyers suggest the changes could curtail developer interest.

The implications of the government's plan to introduce discounted homes for first-time buyers via unallocated sites

The implications of the government's plan to introduce discounted homes for first-time buyers via unallocated sites

The government has announced its intention to introduce a new form of affordable housing for first-time buyers via exception sites that are not allocated by councils in local plans. Commentators warn that the new policy could raise challenges for local authorities and may impact on provision of other forms of affordable housing on such sites, but there are mixed views about the likely level of developer interest.

How planning is frustrating the drive to quadruple offshore wind power capacity by 2030, by Angus Walker

How planning is frustrating the drive to quadruple offshore wind power capacity by 2030, by Angus Walker

Years of delays to major offshore wind projects suggest that the planning system is not playing its part in achieving the government's aim of quadrupling capacity by 2030.

Neighbourhood Watch: Locality urges continued use of offline consultation methods

Neighbourhood Watch: Locality urges continued use of offline consultation methods

Neighbourhood planning groups and other community organisations should ensure they use a mix of online and offline methods when conducting consultation exercises, according to guidance from Locality.

Britain's best planning lawyers and biggest planning law firms

Britain's best planning lawyers and biggest planning law firms

This year’s Planning Law Survey features new names at the top of the lists of the most admired QCs, the top-rated planning junior barristers and highest-regarded juniors under the age of 35.

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