Council cleared of 'unprofessional conduct' over enforcement advice

News that an independent investigation has cleared a council of inducing a garden centre owner to act against his own interests by withdrawing an appeal against a planning enforcement notice features in today's newspaper round-up

The Berkshire Live website reports that an independent investigation has cleared Wokingham Borough Council of maladministration or professional misconduct in its handling of the planning of Hare Hatch Sheeplands Garden Centre. Officers or councillors had been accused of inducing the centre's owner Robert Scott to act against his own interests by withdrawing an appeal against a planning enforcement notice, the website reports, but legal expert Richard Lingard concluded it had not acted in this way.

Expansion of the Tileyard studios In London's King's Cross has been blocked, the Camden New Journal reports. A planning inspector ruled that expansion of the independent music hub, used by artists such as Lily Allen and Mark Ronson, would have overshadowed nearby residential properties and cause "material harm" to the character and appearance of the nearby "town­scape", the article says.

An article published by East Midlands Business Link says that plans for 47 new homes at Dodford Wharf Farm, High Street, Weedon, have been recommended for approval by Daventry District Council. The project aims to deliver 40 per cent affordable homes, the article says.

A new scheme in Gainsborough will see 130 affordable homes built over the next decade, if granted permission, says the Lincolnshire Reporter. The brownfield site is in an area designated as a Housing Zone, the article says. Social housing provider Acis is looking to build a mix of various affordable housing types from over-55s accommodation to family homes, the report says.

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