10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a planning inspector has dismissed an appeal against a Yorkshire authority's refusal of 380 homes, citing a recent Court of Appeal ruling on the policy test for establishing the likelihood of identified sites actually being developed.

East Riding: appeal against council's refusal of 380 homes dismissed
East Riding: appeal against council's refusal of 380 homes dismissed

In a decision letter issued last week, inspector S R G Baird dismissed Gladman Developments’ appeal against East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s decision to refuse its application for up to 380 homes, including up to 25 per cent affordable housing, on land North and East of Mayfields, The Balk, Pocklington. More.

An Oxfordshire district council has confirmed that its legal bid to overturn an inspector's ruling that it was unable to demonstrate a three-year supply of housing land has been unsuccessful. More.

A judge has backed an inspector's decision to dismiss plans for up to 330 homes in Kent over air quality concerns, despite the local council not having objected on air quality grounds when it considered the application. More.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has granted planning permission for 350 homes on green belt land in Hertfordshire, saying the scheme will enable the delivery of 'significant improvements' to a local college. More.

The communities secretary has approved plans for up to 200 homes on a site in Gloucestershire, two years after his predecessor refused the proposals. More.

As the number of decisions taken under permitted development rights allowing larger householder extensions nears the 100,000 mark, Planning took a look at four key messages to emerge from latest government statistics. More.

A planning inspector has backed Coventry City Council's plans to build around 7,000 homes on the green belt, finding that the scale of potentially unmet need in the second fastest growing city in England outside of London is 'exceptional'. More.

A decision on plans for a new road tunnel in east London has been postponed by ministers for a second time 'to enable further consideration of the effect of the scheme on air quality' and will not now be issued until May 2018. More.

Luton Borough Council has formally adopted its new local plan after agreeing to an early review of the document to address a significant shortfall between the document's housing targets and the objectively assessed need for the area. More.

Plans to merge Dorset's nine councils into just two have been endorsed by communities secretary Sajid Javid, who said yesterday that he is 'minded' to implement the reorganisation. More.

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