10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a Surrey council has scrapped plans to bring forward a single 112.1-hectare green belt site for development rather than several separate sites across the area after planners concluded that the removal of the site from the green belt 'might not be able to withstand scrutiny at an examination'.

Pyrford: green belt site removed from draft DPD
Pyrford: green belt site removed from draft DPD

In February last year, Woking Borough Council announced plans put forward by the authority’s local development framework (LDF) working group to safeguard a single 112.1-hectare green belt site to the east of Martyrs Lane, adjacent to the McLaren Technology Centre in the north of the district, to meet future development needs between 2027 and 2040. More.

A developer ordered to demolish his 11-home scheme because a council believes two extra houses were built without consent has said he will appeal against the decision. More.

Fareham Borough Council has announced that it will "tear up" its draft local plan and start again due to a 30 per cent increase in homes required by the government's new standard method for calculating housing need. More.

An Essex council has written to the government urging it to "act swiftly and decisively" to provide "clarity" on revisions to its standard method for calculating housing need, after the authority found that its five-year land supply position had "dramatically jumped from 3.9 years to 5.83 years" in the wake of new household projection figures. More.

The Planning Inspectorate has rejected an application for development consent for a rail freight interchange in Northamptonshire, saying the plans contained "inconsistencies" and were "insufficiently clear". More.

The housing secretary has backed Cornwall Council's decision to refuse plans for 226 homes on an unallocated greenfield site after agreeing with an inspector that the scheme would "significantly harm the landscape character and visual amenity of the area". More.

The Court of Appeal has upheld a planning inspector's ruling that a west London council was within its rights to remove deemed consent for illuminated signs located within a building, dismissing a claim that the move was "draconian". More.

One of the 15 councils threatened with intervention by central government has approved a revised version of its local plan, including a cut to previously proposed housing numbers. More.

A rarely-used neighbourhood planning tool has been formally approved by a Northamptonshire council, becoming only the third example of such an order coming into force across the country. More.

Cambridge City Council has formally adopted its local plan, which allocates land for 14,000 new homes up to 2031. More.

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