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Court orders magistrate to pay £93K for renting out property without planning permission

A court has told a magistrate that he must pay a £77,000 confiscation order plus £16,000 in fines and costs after he pleaded guilty to unlawfully extending two properties, one of which he rented out.

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Judge backs council’s injunction request and orders householder to pay £24K over unlawful works

A High Court judge has granted an Essex council's application for an injunction linked to a long-running planning dispute with a resident over unlawful works to his home, and has ordered the man to pay the authority's costs of almost £24,000 within 12 months.

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Court of Appeal upholds landowner's 12-month prison sentence for illegal site use

The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision to impose a 12-month custodial sentence on a landowner over his "woeful history of compliance with court orders" in relation to unlawful operations at a former airfield in the Midlands going back almost a decade.

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Exemptions to ‘planning prohibition’ building safety rules set out in new guidance

Schemes granted planning permission before early July "may be" exempted from the new "planning prohibition" power that can prevent developers building out planning consents if they have failed to sign up to new building safety rules, according to fresh government guidance.

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High Court orders developer to demolish six-storey block of flats built without planning permission

The High Court has ordered a developer to completely demolish an unfinished six-storey block of flats that is now at “risk of collapse” for breaching its planning permission, after the local authority granted consent for just four storeys to be built.

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‘Quarter of Labour MPs have opposed new affordable homes in their areas’

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Council leader threatens legal action against ‘awful’ ministerial decision to allow 1,100 greenfield homes

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‘Council wrongly kept hundreds of thousands of pounds of planning fees for up to ten years’

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Autumn statement reaction blog: ‘Councils may refuse more commercial applications to meet proposed deadlines’ [updated]

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Housing Land Supply Watch: Inspector awards partial costs against ‘unreasonable’ council for belatedly accepting housing land supply shortfall

An inspector has ordered a council to pay a developer partial costs for expenses incurred as a result of it belatedly accepting a housing land supply shortfall, making “vague” arguments about the scheme’s impact on urban density and failing to rebut the developer’s evidence of a need for affordable housing.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Town submits plan that allocates housing and bans second homes after 12 years of preparation

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Chancellor says new ‘premium’ planning service will increase planning officer numbers

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Government to consult on new PD right allowing houses to be split into two flats

The chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced that the government will consult on a new permitted development (PD) right to enable one house to be converted into two flats in a bid to “streamline” the planning system.


‘Permitted development proposal to allow houses to turn into flats is toxic for Tory suburbia’

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Councils will be able to recover full costs of certain major applications if new ‘faster’ timelines met

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