MPs to consider bill to limit appeals on applications inconsistent with neighbourhood plans

MPs to consider bill to limit appeals on applications inconsistent with neighbourhood plans

A bill has been introduced to the House of Commons that would ban the right to appeal against refusals of applications that are inconsistent with both a neighbourhood and a local plan, if the local authority has an adequate housing land supply.

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A Suffolk parish council has failed to overturn a series of planning consents for over 200 homes, after a judge dismissed its arguments that the local planning authority had underestimated its housing land supply position.

South Oxfordshire adds three new green belt sites to revised local plan

South Oxfordshire adds three new green belt sites to revised local plan

Three major green belt housing sites totalling 4,600 homes are set to be added to a new version of the South Oxfordshire draft local plan, which now proposes contributing more towards neighbouring Oxford City Council's unmet need.

City Hall overturns Greenwich Council refusal to approve 272-home scheme

City Hall overturns Greenwich Council refusal to approve 272-home scheme

The mayor of London's planning chief has approved plans for a 272-home, 18-storey scheme in Greenwich, overturning a refusal by the local authority earlier this year over height and density concerns.

The top ten appeal and call-in decisions of 2018

The top ten appeal and call-in decisions of 2018

Appeal decisions on major residential or housing-led mixed developments have caught our subscribers' attention ahead of any other topic in 2018, making up six of the top ten most frequently downloaded cases from DCS Ltd's COMPASS online appeals database this year. The remaining four explored some interesting technical issues.


How a court ruling is poised to help developers amend existing permissions

How a court ruling is poised to help developers amend existing permissions

A High Court judgment could allow developers far greater leeway to amend existing permissions without having to resubmit applications from scratch, observers believe.

Why the latest European Court habitats ruling further raises the bar for planners

Why the latest European Court habitats ruling further raises the bar for planners

The latest European Court ruling on protected habitats indicates that developers and planners should take a broader approach to assessing the impacts of plans and projects on such zones, though experts are divided on the significance of the ruling.

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

The government has responded cautiously to MPs' calls for the public purse to capture more of the land value uplift generated by planning permissions. However, some minor innovations to make the compulsory purchase system more transparent are promised.

Briefing: The implications of the new definition of housing site 'deliverability'

Briefing: The implications of the new definition of housing site 'deliverability'

The government's new definition of housing site 'deliverability' introduces a tough test for councils and developers, says Mike Kiely.

Legal Viewpoint: Illuminating judgment on the display of advertisements

Legal Viewpoint: Illuminating judgment on the display of advertisements

A recent court ruling on a case from west London has clarified the scope of local planning authority powers when serving a discontinuance notice for the removal of illuminated advertisements.

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