10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that Planning research has found that just under two-fifths of councils are set to face penalties under the government's new housing delivery test this year.

Development: delivery test introduced in July
Development: delivery test introduced in July

The delivery test, which was introduced in July's revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), aims to ensure that local authorities actually build enough homes as well as plan for them. More.

Council assessments which measure how suitable villages are for expansion as part of the local plan process are based on criteria "more akin to how previous generations lived and used services", meaning many villages that could be suitable for development are overlooked, a report has said. More.

A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal by land promoter Gladman against the decision of an Oxfordshire council to refuse permission for 245 homes on the edge of Reading. More.

Appropriate assessments of development plans affecting European conservation areas must identify and examine the implications for habitats and species to be found outside the boundaries of that site, according to the latest European Court of Justice ruling on how European habitats protection rules should be interpreted. More.

Councillors in Surrey have overridden a recommendation from planning officers and turned down an application for a 17-storey mixed-use tower submitted by the council's own housing company. More.

The government should drop its proposal to extend permitted development to the demolition and rebuilding of office and commercial buildings, according to a review of the planning system led by former planning minister Nick Raynsford. More.

A proposed new 305-metre City of London tower would "respond positively, in concept, scale and mass" to the nearby Tower of London World Heritage Site, despite a recognition that the scheme would have some "major" impacts on views from within the site, according to plans submitted for the scheme. More.

A Kent council has approved plans for 550 homes, despite a recognition from officers that the site is currently not allocated for residential development. More.

An application for the first solar park to be dealt with through the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). More.

A Warwickshire farmer has failed in a High Court effort to overturn a council's decision to discharge a planning condition stipulating that the developer of a neighbouring barn conversion must install acoustic fencing to prevent possible noise complaints from future residents of the property. More.


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