Members followed NPPF retail policy in backing out-of-centre scheme against officer advice, Appeal Court rules

Members followed NPPF retail policy in backing out-of-centre scheme against officer advice, Appeal Court rules

The granting by councillors of consent for an out-of-town centre retail scheme in Leeds despite officers warning of its likely adverse impacts has been backed by the Court of Appeal, after a judge ruled that the wording of the relevant national policy does not require decision-makers to automatically refuse such schemes.

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Campaigners launch legal challenge to South Oxfordshire local plan

Environmental campaigners are preparing for a potential High Court battle over South Oxfordshire Council’s long-awaited and recently-adopted local plan, arguing that the strategy is unlawful due to its environmental impacts.

New protections for statues and monuments to be introduced this spring, Jenrick says

New protections for statues and monuments to be introduced this spring, Jenrick says

New legislation and directions introducing tighter planning rules for the removal of statues and the protection of historic monuments “will come into effect in the spring”, the housing and communities secretary Robert Jenrick has said.

Shapps approves A1 upgrade in green belt despite Angel of the North concerns

Shapps approves A1 upgrade in green belt despite Angel of the North concerns

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has given the go-ahead for an upgrade of the A1 near Newcastle despite acknowledging that it would involve “potential harm” to the green belt and could hamper views of the Angel of the North.

High Court ruling on mayoral plan 'deals blow to post-Covid low-traffic neighbourhoods'

High Court ruling on mayoral plan 'deals blow to post-Covid low-traffic neighbourhoods'

News of a High Court judgment that has quashed a plan by the mayor of London to expand so-called 'low-traffic neighbourhoods' in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic leads our roundup of today's newspapers.


Seven days left to vote in the Planning Law Survey 2021

Seven days left to vote in the Planning Law Survey 2021

Voting forms for Planning’s annual survey of the most well-respected barristers, solicitors and law firms have been sent out to a selected group of developers, planning consultants, local authority planning officers and solicitors.

Read the January edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

Read the January edition of Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook

Please click through to read this month's Planning Appeals and Legal Casebook.

Letter: The new standard method has more to do with politics than evidence

Letter: The new standard method has more to do with politics than evidence

The new standard method for measuring housing need is getting a very bad press. Developers, lawyers and planners alike – people who normally disagree about everything – are united in condemning it.

What the government's housing need assessment means for the areas subject to higher requirement levels

What the government's housing need assessment means for the areas subject to higher requirement levels

The vast majority of the 52 local authorities that will have to apply a new 35 per cent uplift to their housing need levels under the revised standard method will be subject to figures far in excess of their recent delivery levels. Meeting such an increased need will be a challenge say observers and risks some areas failing the government's housing delivery test.

The implications of the government's housing need assessment for councils not subject to the new uplift

The implications of the government's housing need assessment for councils not subject to the new uplift

The government's announcement that it will backtrack on plans to radically revise its standard method of assessing housing need means that almost 85 per cent of councils will see their local housing need levels unchanged compared to the existing formula. Commentators say that many English councils have been left with unambitious figures but ministers' change of plan offers them some welcome, though potentially short-lived, stability.

The biggest planning permissions of the year

The biggest planning permissions of the year

Exclusive list detailing the largest housing, commercial, industrial, retail and leisure schemes granted planning permission in the last twelve months. Includes details of who applied, the local planning authority, date of decisions and the law firms and consultants who acted as professional advisers to either applicant or authority

The biggest planning enforcement penalties of the year

The biggest planning enforcement penalties of the year

As with so much else, Covid-19 has had a major impact on planning enforcement in 2020, with only a handful of cases making it through the courts. However, commentators say that, at local level, planning enforcement complaints have rocketed.

Ten key practice points for planners arising from court judgments handed down this year

Ten key practice points for planners arising from court judgments handed down this year

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The ten 2020 appeal decisions that you most need to know about

The ten 2020 appeal decisions that you most need to know about

Read through for summaries of the ten appeal and call-in decisions from 2020 most frequently downloaded by COMPASS Online subscribers between 1 January and 30 November.

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