High Court overturns inspector's 'absurd' decision to back CIL self build exemption

High Court overturns inspector's 'absurd' decision to back CIL self build exemption

A High Court judge has quashed a planning inspector's 'plainly absurd' decision and backed a council in a dispute over whether a self builder was entitled to an exemption from a community infrastructure levy (CIL) charge.

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Planners want post-Brexit flexibility in meeting environmental standards, says RTPI study

Planners want post-Brexit flexibility in meeting environmental standards, says RTPI study

Brexit provides an opportunity to review the way planning policies protect the environment, according to a study by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Croydon consults on removing permitted development rights for HMOs

Croydon consults on removing permitted development rights for HMOs

A south London council is proposing to introduce an order that would require planning permission for the conversion of properties into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in an effort to protect family homes.

Malthouse says tower block demolitions may be preferable to refurbishments

Malthouse says tower block demolitions may be preferable to refurbishments

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What Greater Manchester's new draft spatial plan means for the city region's housing deal

What Greater Manchester's new draft spatial plan means for the city region's housing deal

Developers and consultants say lower housing targets in the new Greater Manchester Spatial Framework could jeopardise the city region's ambitious housing deal with central government, but the combined authority is hopeful that the agreement is still on the table.

What minister meant by need for 4-5 million homes 'in planning'

What minister meant by need for 4-5 million homes 'in planning'

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The impact national policy changes on viability have had on the ground

The impact national policy changes on viability have had on the ground

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Briefing: What policy says about 'exceptional circumstances' for green belt changes

Briefing: What policy says about 'exceptional circumstances' for green belt changes

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Neighbourhood Watch: Limited progress for Merseyside plans

Neighbourhood Watch: Limited progress for Merseyside plans

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Policy Summary: Draft compulsory purchase guidance for new town development corporations

Policy Summary: Draft compulsory purchase guidance for new town development corporations

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Draft levy regulations offer clarity in some areas, complexity in others, by Richard Garlick

Draft levy regulations offer clarity in some areas, complexity in others, by Richard Garlick

Just before Christmas, the government issued draft regulations for amending the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the charge that councils can apply to development, and the broader developer contributions system (see News Analysis p09).

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