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Somerset man sent to prison for third time over planning breach

Somerset man sent to prison for third time over planning breach

A landowner has been given a 12-month prison sentence for continuing to breach a court order related to an illegally-sited caravan in Somerset, the third time he has been sent to jail for the matter.

Judge rejects claim council was misled by Herefordshire polytunnels planning report

Judge rejects claim council was misled by Herefordshire polytunnels planning report

Countryside campaigners have failed in an effort to halt the construction of 11 blocks of polytunnels on 37 hectares of Herefordshire countryside, after a judge rejected a claim that members had been wrongfully advised on the application in a planning report.

Neighbourhood Watch: Examiner proposes changes to Devon AONB plan's housing policy

Neighbourhood Watch: Examiner proposes changes to Devon AONB plan's housing policy

An examiner has recommended that a neighbourhood plan in a Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) should amend its housing policy.

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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.

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.