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Judge urges council to 'constructively' engage with landowners to resolve planning dispute over unlawful works

Judge urges council to 'constructively' engage with landowners to resolve planning dispute over unlawful works

A High Court judge has criticised a council for a lack of "constructive" engagement with a couple who carried out unlawful building works in a woodland plot they own.

High Court hands 'manipulative' teenager seven-month jail term for unauthorised green belt works

High Court hands 'manipulative' teenager seven-month jail term for unauthorised green belt works

A 19-year-old who carried out unauthorised development on greenfield land in the Essex green belt and then failed to comply with court injunctions has been jailed for seven months at the High Court, after a judge described him as “deliberately manipulative”.

High Court rejects landowner's argument that unauthorised camping field should be immune from enforcement action

High Court rejects landowner's argument that unauthorised camping field should be immune from enforcement action

The High Court has upheld a council's enforcement notice against a landowner for unlawfully changing the use of an agricultural field into a campsite for holiday use, after a judge found that she failed to prove the site was immune from enforcement action.

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CIL Watch: Rural business group calls for removal of levy charges on new farm buildings

CIL Watch: Rural business group calls for removal of levy charges on new farm buildings

A lobby group representing rural landowners and businesses has called for the removal of community infrastructure levy (CIL) charges on all new farm buildings, a move that it says will boost economic growth in rural areas.

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.

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.