10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a bill has been introduced to the House of Commons that would ban the right to appeal against refusals of applications that are inconsistent with both a neighbourhood and a local plan, if the local authority has an adequate housing land supply.

Parliament: new bill intended to restrict planning appeals
Parliament: new bill intended to restrict planning appeals

The Planning (Appeals) Bill received its first reading in the House of Commons last week. The private members’ bill has been introduced by Conservative MP John Howell. More.

Historic England has called for government intervention after Norwich City Council approved plans for a 1,250-home, 20-storey mixed use scheme, which the heritage watchdog warned could cause "severe harm" to the city's character. More.

Three major green belt housing sites totalling 4,600 homes are set to be added to a new version of the South Oxfordshire draft local plan, which now proposes contributing more towards neighbouring Oxford City Council's unmet need. More.

A High Court judge has backed a Suffolk council's sign off of planning conditions for a wind turbine consent, dismissing arguments that the applicant's 'late' application to discharge the conditions invalidated the permission. More.

A Suffolk parish council has failed to overturn a series of planning consents for over 200 homes, after a judge dismissed its arguments that the local planning authority had underestimated its housing land supply position. More.

Plans for a mixed-use scheme including almost 1,500 new homes on a former factory site in Welwyn Garden City have been given the green light, despite concerns about parking provision. More.

Plans have been approved for 900 homes on a 72 hectare site partly within the green belt on the edge of Newcastle. More.

A couple from east London who illegally converted an office block into 14 flats have been ordered to pay back more than £150,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). More.

The mayor of London's planning chief has approved plans for a 272-home, 18-storey scheme in Greenwich, overturning a refusal by the local authority earlier this year over height and density concerns. More.

Plans have been approved for the redevelopment of a south London supermarket site to include a replacement Tesco store, 571 homes and 2,638 square metres of office space, despite the scheme being 'beyond the upper limit' of residential density guidelines. More.


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