Jenrick considering whether to approve South Oxfordshire plan himself, says MHCLG

Jenrick considering whether to approve South Oxfordshire plan himself, says MHCLG

The housing ministry has clarified that the secretary of state is considering whether to approve the troubled South Oxfordshire local plan himself after the council's chief executive wrote to the department to raise concerns about the long-emerging document being "placed on hold" by the minister's intervention.

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What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

A proposed permitted development right for upward extensions would be subject to prior approval design checks, the government has confirmed. Practitioners say interest in using the right will be strongest in urban areas, but warn that it could generate widespread community objections

How the 'freedom' to demolish office buildings for new homes would work

How the 'freedom' to demolish office buildings for new homes would work

The government has renewed its plans to allow offices to be demolished and replaced with new homes. But the latest proposals envisage more control over the consent process for councils than previously suggested. Some commentators say this will soften council opposition. But others raise concerns about loss of commercial floorspace and a lack of developer interest.

Appeal court rejects council's bid to block homes approval over parish plan clash

Appeal court rejects council's bid to block homes approval over parish plan clash

The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal inspector's decision to grant permission for a housing development in West Sussex, despite the project conflicting with the "aims" of an adopted neighbourhood plan.

Welsh Government proposes scrapping five-year housing land supply requirement

Welsh Government proposes scrapping five-year housing land supply requirement

Local authorities in Wales would no longer be required to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply under plans being considered by the Welsh Government.


Government grants DCO for Northants rail freight interchange

Government grants DCO for Northants rail freight interchange

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has given the go-ahead for a strategic rail freight interchange near Northampton after dismissing concerns over traffic and landscape impacts.

High Court allows borough to challenge London mayor's hotel tower consent

High Court allows borough to challenge London mayor's hotel tower consent

A High Court judge has granted the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea permission to bring a judicial review against London mayor Sadiq Khan's decision to grant planning permission for a 30-storey tower on the site of an existing hotel.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the housing secretary has made a last-minute intervention to stop South Oxfordshire District Council from voting to scrap its emerging local plan.

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

The High Court has confirmed that local planning authorities do not have the power to extend the determination period for prior approval applications where the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) specifies a deadline for determination.

Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

The yacht lurches, the mooring lines groan, the halyards slap noisily against the mast, rain lashes the pontoon. I write this from the cabin of a yacht on the south coast, storm bound as the last knockings of Hurricane Lorenzo pass through.

Local Plan Watch: Reigate and Banstead adopts plan to release green belt for new homes

Local Plan Watch: Reigate and Banstead adopts plan to release green belt for new homes

A Surrey council has adopted a development management plan that removes nine sites from the green belt to allocate land for 845 new homes.

How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

Bringing together site promoters and local residents was key to East Hampshire District Council's speedy large sites consultation, writes Mark Wilding.

The urban design elite needs to make better use of data, by Euan Mills

The urban design elite needs to make better use of data, by Euan Mills

Architecture and design are often misconstrued as being the most subjective areas in the shaping of the built environment. Finding consensus on what 'good looks like' has always been challenging.

Need to know: What new guidance on wind will mean for City planners

Need to know: What new guidance on wind will mean for City planners

The City of London Corporation has published the first set of rules governing when wind assessments are required for planning applications.

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