10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government has announced funding to progress work on new 'garden towns' in Oxfordshire and Essex which it claims would together provide up to 50,000 new homes.

New homes: garden towns plans progress
New homes: garden towns plans progress

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said that £1.1 million would be made available to progress plans for "an additional 15,000 homes by 2031 in Greater Didcot Garden Town and new Garden Communities in North Essex with up to 35,000 new homes." More. 

The Court of Appeal has come down on the side of a local authority and a planning inspector over the use of a tree replacement notice requiring landowners to replant more than 1,200 trees to replace those they were accused of destroying, in a case that centred on the legal definition of the word 'tree'. More.

The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court decision which had effectively blocked plans for a 60-metre high turbine in the Northamptonshire countryside. More.

A former chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has voiced concern over the the extent to which the experience and knowledge of planning inspectors is under-utilised. More.

Almost three in five Britons think that developers have too much power to override communities' wishes, according to a survey of attitudes to infrastructure published today. More.

The communities secretary has dismissed a council's concerns about odour from a nearby dairy farm and approved plans for 54 homes at a site near Banbury in Oxfordshire, despite finding that the council could demonstrate a five-year housing land supply. More.

Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has said that he will 'look further' at the role of planning in protecting grassroots music venues. More.

Charging authorities should be more transparent about the amount of money they are collecting through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) development tariff and what it is being spent on, a senior civil servant has said. More.

83 planning professionals, including Janet Askew, president of the Royal Town Planning Institute, are amongst 150 new 'built environment experts' (BEEs) appointed by architecture and design watchdog Design Council Cabe. More.

The number of listed building consent applications has risen against a trend of falling numbers of dedicated heritage experts at local planning authorities, research has revealed. More.


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