10 things you need to know this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a report by MPs has claimed that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is causing 'innapropriate' development.

The NPPF is leading to communities being subject to inappropriate and unwanted housing development and is giving insufficient protection to town centres, according to a report by MPs. More.

A council has failed in its attempt to overturn a High Court judgement which ruled that its adoption of a key development plan that redrew green belt boundaries was unlawful. More.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published its national policy statement (NPS) for national networks against which planning decisions on nationally significant transport infrastructure projects will be made. More.

Developers are "gaming" the planning system by using councils' lack of a five-year housing land supply to overrule adopted local plans, a report by conservation charity the National Trust has said. More.

London's green belt must be "redefined" to meet the capital's need for one million new homes by 2030, a report by a planning body argues. More.

A housebuilder has failed in its High Court bid to block the adoption of an East Midlands neighbourhood plan that passed referendum in July. More.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles' decision to refuse a wind farm near the North Yorkshire Moors national park against an inspector's advice has been backed by the High Court. More.

The London Borough of Islington is consulting on planning controls for basement excavations after a large rise in the number of applications. More.

Retrospective permission for two wind turbines at a farm near Fowey in Cornwall has been refused by communities secretary Eric Pickles. More.

The House of Lords has again defeated a controversial bill that aims to restrict objectors' ability to use judicial review to stall major projects. More.



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