Court guidance on green wedge decisions advises 'realistic assessment' of schemes' impact on openness

Court guidance on green wedge decisions advises 'realistic assessment' of schemes' impact on openness

The Court of Appeal has handed down guidance on how councils should interpret local planning policies in relation to green wedges, after concluding that a Merseyside planning officer's handling of an application for a development within such land was "unimpeachable".

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Jenrick: allowing Westferry council to benefit from 'deliberately' delaying application would have been wrong

Jenrick: allowing Westferry council to benefit from 'deliberately' delaying application would have been wrong

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has hit out at the London council at the centre of the Westferry Printworks row, claiming that the authority had sought to "benefit financially by deliberately slowing down planning applications".

Jenrick overturns predecessor's decision and allows 17-storey suburban tower

Jenrick overturns predecessor's decision and allows 17-storey suburban tower

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has granted permission for a 17-storey tower in a south London suburb, reversing a decision taken by his predecessor to refuse the development.

Go-ahead for Hartlepool energy-from-waste plant

Go-ahead for Hartlepool energy-from-waste plant

A north east council has granted planning permission for an energy-from-waste plant after planners advised that the chosen site for the scheme did not represent a "significant departure" from the council's local plan.

Leeds 'looks like a depot of discarded fridges'

Leeds 'looks like a depot of discarded fridges'

A claim that, due to the proliferation of high rise towers, Leeds "looks like a depot of discarded fridges" features in today's newspaper round-up.


Why diving household projections make government-backed housing need figures harder to uphold

Why diving household projections make government-backed housing need figures harder to uphold

Under the existing planning system, ever-lower household projections can be ignored by most planners. But many experts predict that councils and communities will use them to undermine the credibility of the government’s standard method of assessing housing need.

The opportunities and threats presented by Jenrick’s broad new town centre use class

The opportunities and threats presented by Jenrick’s broad new town centre use class

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced proposals to introduce a “broad” new use class as part of a package of measures to revitalise town centres. However, some commentators have warned that the move could have unintended consequences.

Five ways in which Covid-19 is changing the management of council planning teams

Five ways in which Covid-19 is changing the management of council planning teams

The pandemic is likley to trigger significant change at local authorities, Mark Wilding finds.

Legal Viewpoint: Why ministerial decision was rendered unlawful by appearance of bias

Legal Viewpoint: Why ministerial decision was rendered unlawful by appearance of bias

On 21 May this year, housing secretary Robert Jenrick accepted that his decision of 14 January granting planning permission for redevelopment of the Westferry Printworks site on the Isle of Dogs was unlawful because of the appearance of bias.

Local Plan Watch: Inspectors cast doubt over York green belt boundary methodology

Local Plan Watch: Inspectors cast doubt over York green belt boundary methodology

Inspectors examining the City of York local plan have accepted that the plan does not need to demonstrate exceptional circumstances to justify its proposed green belt boundaries, but have expressed concerns over the methodology for setting the boundaries.

How We Did It: Conducting virtual site visits during the Covid-19 lockdown

How We Did It: Conducting virtual site visits during the Covid-19 lockdown

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, planning officers at the London Borough of Haringey have been using 3D mapping technology to assess proposals in lieu of being able to physically visit application sites. By Mark Wilding.

The Prime Minister's 'Build, Build, Build' announcements: 11 things you need to know

The Prime Minister's 'Build, Build, Build' announcements: 11 things you need to know

The Prime Minister's 'Build, Build, Build' announcements yesterday were billed by Number 10 as the "most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War". Here are 11 things you need to know about the proposals.

Ten things you need to know about the Business and Planning Bill

Ten things you need to know about the Business and Planning Bill

The government's Business and Planning Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on Thursday 25 June. Here are ten things you need to know about its contents.

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