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Judge dismisses odour concerns over intensive poultry scheme

Judge dismisses odour concerns over intensive poultry scheme

Plans for an intensive chicken farm near Tasley in Shropshire that would produce over one and a half million birds per year have won High Court backing, despite local residents' concerns about smells.

Office conversion rights producing poor-quality homes, surveyors warn

Office conversion rights producing poor-quality homes, surveyors warn

The government has said it is 'reviewing ways to ensure that all types of development are of a high standard' in the wake of a report by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which concluded that office-to-residential permitted development rules have allowed the development of 'extremely poor-quality housing'.

Rural applicants face significant delays, business group survey claims

Rural applicants face significant delays, business group survey claims

Planning applications from rural landowners face "significant delays, additional costs and unrealistic demands from local authorities", a survey by a countryside business group claims.

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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.

Barn conversions - The latest picture

Barn conversions - The latest picture

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

Why the government is to look again at guidance around agricultural building conversions

Why the government is to look again at guidance around agricultural building conversions

When do the works required to make a building suitable for a new use become so extensive that the process should be seen as a rebuild rather than a conversion?

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

In 1997, a controversial new planning policy was introduced that allowed new homes in the countryside to be built providing they were of outstanding architectural quality. Two decades on, David Dewar examines the impact of so-called 'Gummer's Law'.