Most read: The biggest Planning stories of 2016

Planning's top ten list of its most read stories of 2016, including coverage of developments around office-to-residential permitted development rights and, inevitably, Brexit.

1. In March Planning considered the impact of office-to-residential permitted development rights being put on a permanent footing.

2. In May, the government won a legal challenge against a High Court ruling that quashed a national planning policy intended to exempt small sites from affordable housing obligations.

3. In March, as the June referendum on the UK's continued membership of the European Union approached, Planning looked at what planners could expect in the event of a vote to leave.

4. In February Planning reported on a court ruling over the definition of brownfield land which commentators predicted could result in speculative applications for new housing on back gardens in the countryside.

5. In March, a developer won a long-running legal battle over its plans to build almost 150 homes in the Cheshire countryside in a judicial ruling that has had implications for local planning policies which protect land from development, including the green belt.

6. In April, Planning summarised 10 key planning-related amendments and concessions to the Housing and Planning Act.

7. In November, a High Court judge ruled that approvals of developments which are contrary to a local plan, made under the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF) presumption in favour of sustainable development, should be the "exception rather than the norm".

8. In March, Planning reported that the housing policies of an adopted neighbourhood plan in Buckinghamshire were to be quashed after the local planning authority for the district announced it would no longer contest a legal challenge to the plan by developers.

9. In June, the sector responded to the shock vote to leave the European Union.

10. In May, Planning reported on plans for fresh legislative changes to the planning system announced in the Queen’s Speech.


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