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A High Court judge has quashed a West Sussex neighbourhood plan after concluding that the document was based on an 'inadequate' evidence base.

London's Royal Courts of Justice
London's Royal Courts of Justice

Horsham District Council formally adopted the Henfield Neighbourhood Plan this April. However, developers Stonegate Homes launched a legal challenge against the plan’s adoption. More.

New powers to allow the secretary of state to give a direction requiring two or more town halls to prepare a joint local plan and to invite a county council to prepare a local plan where a district council in its area has failed to do so are contained in government amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill. More.

Labour MPs are seeking to block Neighbourhood Planning Bill provisions that would prohibit pre-commencement conditions from being imposed without the prior written agreement of the applicant. More.

Plans have been approved for a new settlement of up to 1,000 homes at a site in Warwickshire as part of a wider plan to deliver 3,000 homes in the area. More.

Plans to remove 15 sites from the Buckinghamshire green belt have been published for consultation as part of work to progress a joint local plan. More.

A 3,000-home mixed-use scheme has been approved by councillors in the North West despite it being a departure from the area's local development plan. More.

The communities secretary Sajid Javid has blocked plans for up to 90 homes at Kineton in Warwickshire after he concluded that the scheme would be contrary to a neighbourhood plan which represents the 'choice expressed by local people'. More.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said it received 51 expressions of interest from councils considering taking forward 'garden village' proposals, as it announced an additional £1 million of funding to help authorities develop such plans. More.

The government is looking at a 'mechanism' to ensure that additional money raised from planning fee increases is ring-fenced for planning departments rather than absorbed into overall council spending. More.


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