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'Valued landscape' appeal cases soar

'Valued landscape' appeal cases soar

The number of planning appeal decisions on cases which involved debates about "valued landscape" issues have rocketed since the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework, according to new research.

Councillor loses legal challenge against poultry farm approval

Councillor loses legal challenge against poultry farm approval

A Green Party councillor has suffered a defeat in her legal bid to stop a new poultry farm opening near Leominster in Herefordshire, after a judge ruled that she had no right to bring the case to court in the first place.

Appeal Court rejects bid to halt Kent council's residential conversion enforcement action

Appeal Court rejects bid to halt Kent council's residential conversion enforcement action

The Court of Appeal has upheld a council's enforcement action against the illegal development of three new residential buildings in the countryside, refuting the owner's claim that the authority's demand for the complete demolition of the structures was 'over-enforcement'.

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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.

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.

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?