10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that permitted development rights are to be introduced allowing demolition of office buildings and their replacement with new build for residential use.

Office-resi: permitted development changes made permanent
Office-resi: permitted development changes made permanent

In a statement, planning minister Brandon Lewis also revealed that, in future, new permitted development rights will enable the change of use of light industrial buildings and launderettes to residential use. More.

Two thirds of applicants would be happy to pay higher planning fees if it would shorten determination times, an annual planning survey has found. More.

An Oxfordshire council has said it will not allow any large-scale developments on green belt in its district, but may consider allowing smaller developments following a review of protected land. More.

A High Court judge has quashed a planning approval for a housing development at Warminster in Wiltshire after ruling that a councillor whose vote carried the approval had a 'private interest' in the development. More.

The newly established panel tasked with streamlining the local plan-making process has issued a call for evidence, asking for comments on the strategic requirements of local plans. More.

A High Court judge has thrown out a legal challenge against a planning inspector's decision to recommend approval for a new rail line in Manchester. More.

A Cumbrian council has been ordered by the Local Government Ombudsman to apologise to residents over its handling of an application for a 35-metre-high wind turbine. More.

Plans have been approved for up to 300 homes on the edge of Grantham in Lincolnshire after planners concluded that the development would make a 'significant contribution' to the town's housing requirement. More.

A council in North Yorkshire has adopted a blanket policy of opposition to all fracking proposals, despite warnings by its own solicitor that the policy would be unlawful and could lead to hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal costs. More.

A High Court judge has overturned a planning inspector's refusal of plans for 110 homes on an Oxfordshire farm. More.


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