10 key stories you may have missed

Ten of the biggest stories from before the festive break, including news that a legal challenge seeking to have the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) declared unlawful has opened at the High Court.

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

Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth is challenging the government over its failure to conduct a European strategic environmental assessment (SEA) while preparing the revised NPPF, which was published in July this year. 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.

Plans for a mixed-use development in west London, including a new superstore and 221 flats, have been given the green light by a High Court judge, after a rival supermarket unsuccessfully tried to halt the scheme. More.

A husband and wife have been ordered to pay out £322,282 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) for unlawfully converting two terraced houses into 18 "tiny" flats. More.

Plans have been approved for a 1,200-home scheme on a 66 hectare site that lies partially in the green belt to the north west of Newcastle. More.

Plans have been approved for 1,030 homes in a cluster of six towers rising up to 38 storeys at Tottenham Hale station in north London, after planners concluded that the scheme would 'positively engage' with the surrounding area. More.

Planning permission for 319 homes in two residential towers rising up to 30 storeys on the Isle of Dogs in east London has been granted on appeal, despite the scheme proposing an affordable housing level less than half of the minimum local policy requirement. 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.

The housing secretary has rejected a housing association's appeal against a council's refusal of its plans for the 366-home redevelopment of a west London housing estate, after he concluded that the resulting net loss of social housing would be unacceptable. More.

Draft regulations required to enact the government's planned changes to the developer contributions system, including the removal of restrictions on pooling section 106 contributions, have been published for consultation. More.

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