10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a double-pronged legal challenge against both a Surrey council's local plan and its planning consent for a 1,800-home development has been rejected by a High Court judge.

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

In July, a judge allowed the Surrey branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) to pursue its judicial review at a full hearing on the grounds that a planning inspector incorrectly decided that Waverley should accommodate housing need from neighbouring Woking Borough Council. More.

A new commission created by the government to promote "beautiful buildings" will aim to make the planning system work "in support of better design and style, not against it", the government has said. More.

A High Court judge has overturned a planning consent for a new west London hotel after she concluded that councillors were "significantly misled" by a planning report that misinterpreted guidance on loss of light. More.

Outline plans for a 3,000-home urban extension on greenfield land on the north-western edge of Northampton have been approved, despite providing less than a third of the local affordable housing requirement. More.

A developer has won its High Court battle against a London borough's refusal to consider its applications to convert an office block into more than 200 homes under permitted development (PD) rules. More.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has announced that the government will proceed with the creation of a new unitary authority for Buckinghamshire, moving the prospect of a joint local plan covering the county a step closer. More.

Cheshire East Council has failed in its High Court bid to block plans for 29 new homes on greenfield land after a judge backed an inspector's finding that the authority did not have a five-year housing land supply when the appeal was allowed last year. More.

A council that is undergoing central government scrutiny of its local plan production because of its slow progress says it believes it is now off the Whitehall "hitlist" after submitting the draft document for examination. More.

A Staffordshire man has been ordered to pay out over £200,000 for running an unauthorised scrap yard in the green belt following a long-running enforcement case, which included action taken under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). More.

Plans have been approved for a 1,500-home garden village near Seaham in Durham despite the site's current allocation for employment use and recognition from planners that the scheme would result in "the sterilisation of significant amounts of high-grade mineral resources". More.

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