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What a government-backed review of national parks and AONBs could mean for planning

What a government-backed review of national parks and AONBs could mean for planning

A government-commissioned review seeks to beef up planning powers for areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), which some commentators fear could have resource implications for local authorities, and to strengthen the economic purpose of national parks.

Government-backed review calls for AONBs to have a stronger planning role

Government-backed review calls for AONBs to have a stronger planning role

Bodies responsible for areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) should become statutory consultees in the planning system, according to an independent review for government.

How a court ruling on prior approval timescales puts pressure on decision-makers

How a court ruling on prior approval timescales puts pressure on decision-makers

A High Court ruling that councils do not have the power to extend prior approval decision deadlines is likely to see authorities put under pressure to determine such matters in a timely fashion, say observers.

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What's new in the government's latest unauthorised traveller sites proposals

What's new in the government's latest unauthorised traveller sites proposals

Earlier this month, the government set out its ideas for helping planning authorities to stop unauthorised Gypsy and traveller sites.

Policy Summary: Updating permitted development rights for larger rural conversions

Policy Summary: Updating permitted development rights for larger rural conversions

Policy: General Permitted Development (England) (Amendment) Order 2018.

Why a hike in barn conversion bids is  in the pipeline

Why a hike in barn conversion bids is in the pipeline

Changes to permitted development rules that would allow much larger barn conversions have been greeted enthusiastically by consultants but prompted concerns among councils.

Barn conversions - The latest picture

Barn conversions - The latest picture

Why are agricultural-to-residential conversion refusal rates still so high, asks Jamie Carpenter.