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Government watchdog issues 'nutrient neutrality' warning to Somerset councils over new applications

Government watchdog issues 'nutrient neutrality' warning to Somerset councils over new applications

Natural England has warned councils in Somerset that planning applications for housing, agricultural and energy projects should only be approved if it can be shown that the proposals will not lead to a rise in phosphate levels at nearby protected environmental sites.

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.

Park authority corrects 22-year-old static caravans planning blunder

Park authority corrects 22-year-old static caravans planning blunder

A national park authority has corrected a 22-year-old planning blunder, which saw an applicant accidentally granted consent for a static caravan site rather than an intended use for touring caravans and the authority subsequently paying £650,000 to purchase the land.

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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.

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.