Inspector awards full costs against council over ‘unreasonable' refusal of 160 homes on allocated site

Inspector awards full costs against council over ‘unreasonable' refusal of 160 homes on allocated site

A planning inspector has awarded a developer full costs against an East Sussex council after overturning its refusal of a 160-home scheme on a site allocated in its local plan, citing the authority’s “unreasonable behaviour” that resulted in “unnecessary and wasted expense” and noting its lack of a five-year housing land supply.

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An Oxfordshire council has granted outline permission for a 4,254-home mixed-use scheme on agricultural land near Didcot, after planning officers advised that previously-raised concerns over highway access and healthcare provision had been resolved.

Council vote on submitting draft plan for examination pulled at last minute due to NPPF changes

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A vote on whether an emerging local plan should be submitted for examination, including a controversial 3,500-home site allocation next to one of England's most high-profile rewilding sites, has been postponed by Horsham District Council, which said it was due to last week's National Planning Policy Framework revisions.

Why applicants may now face literal beauty tests, despite government assurances

Why applicants may now face literal beauty tests, despite government assurances

Last week’s revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework enshrine the creation of “beautiful” places as an overarching ambition of the planning system. While some commentators accept the government’s claim that the beauty aspiration will not create a new “policy test”, others see a potential new hurdle for development

How councils are responding to the new requirement to produce design codes

How councils are responding to the new requirement to produce design codes

Revised national policies state that local authorities must draw up design codes and guidance as part of their local plans or as a standalone policy document. However, practitioners warn that this new requirement could mean delays to plan-making, while a shortage of council planning team resources and skills are key challenges.


London mayor refuses 1,250-home scheme against GLA officer advice on affordable housing grounds

London mayor refuses 1,250-home scheme against GLA officer advice on affordable housing grounds

London mayor Sadiq Khan has refused plans for 1,250 homes on the site of a former brewery, against a recommendation to approve from Greater London Authority (GLA) planners, citing a shortfall in affordable homes and concerns about the increased height and density of the proposals compared to an initial design.

Birmingham Council to use artificial intelligence to help it find more housing land

Birmingham Council to use artificial intelligence to help it find more housing land

Birmingham City Council has awarded a contract to a property technology firm to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help it find more land for homes following an uplift in the authority's housing need levels and a shortfall of available land.

'PM intervenes to halt plan to fill in dozens of Victorian railway crossings with concrete'

'PM intervenes to halt plan to fill in dozens of Victorian railway crossings with concrete'

A report that the Prime Minister has teamed up with the transport secretary to halt Highways England plans to fill in historic bridges with concrete leads today's newspaper roundup.

How discounted First Homes change the system: the Planning Briefing

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The government’s new homes for first-time buyers should account for a quarter of all affordable housing delivered via planning obligations. We explore the implications for applicants and authorities

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Scoop, slap, place, tap, scrape. Tommy had been laying bricks for forty years and he could do it in his sleep. Indeed, some mornings after a bender, he did.

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Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including a claim by the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff suggesting that the government has achieved meaningful planning changes by stealth.

CIL Watch: Self build exemption does not apply to retrospective permissions, judge rules

CIL Watch: Self build exemption does not apply to retrospective permissions, judge rules

A guideline case on the exemption of self-build projects from the community infrastructure levy (CIL), in which a judge ruled that the opt out does not apply where retrospective planning permission has been granted for a development already carried out, resulted in a homeowner being ordered to pay almost £120,000 in charges.

The councils that determined the fewest applications within government time limits in 2019/20 and 2020/21

The councils that determined the fewest applications within government time limits in 2019/20 and 2020/21

Thirteen authorities are sitting below the government's 'special measures' threshold for speed of decision-making on applications in 2019/20 and 2020/21, new figures show, an increase on the number in the previous quarter.

Further updated: 16 key changes to national planning policy in the revised NPPF

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Strengthened requirements on design quality and the use of trees in new developments, as well as revised policies on plan-making, removing statues and opting out of permitted development (PD) rights are among the alterations in the revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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