10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a local authority in Bedfordshire has accused two planning inspectors of withholding crucial correspondence in relation to its local plan examination after the inspectors raised "serious concerns" about aspects of the document.

Central Bedfordshire Council: row over 'withheld' examination documents
Central Bedfordshire Council: row over 'withheld' examination documents

Central Bedfordshire Council made the accusation after the inspectors raised a series of concerns about the plan’s preparation and the authority's approach to the examination process, which they warned raised the likelihood of significant delays before the plan's adoption. More.

The housing ministry has clarified that the secretary of state is considering whether to approve the troubled South Oxfordshire local plan himself after the council's chief executive wrote to the department to raise concerns about the long-emerging document being "placed on hold" by the minister's intervention. More.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published its much-anticipated Environment Bill. Planning highlighted six things you need to know about it. More.

A developer's plans to build hundreds of new homes in the Snowdonia National Park based on a planning permission granted in 1967 have been scotched by a High Court judge, who ruled that it was now "physically impossible" to complete the scheme in line with the original consent. More.

The Queen's Speech included a pledge by the government to publish the first National Infrastructure Strategy later this autumn, a bill to allow the High Speed Two (HS2) line between the West Midlands and Crewe and a white paper on further English devolution. More.

The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal inspector's decision to grant permission for a housing development in West Sussex, despite the project conflicting with the "aims" of an adopted neighbourhood plan. More.

Plans for a 6,000-home garden village have been approved by a Hampshire council after officers advised of "numerous and significant" benefits arising from the scheme. More.

Local authorities in Wales would no longer be required to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply under plans being considered by the Welsh Government. More.

A High Court judge has overturned the former housing secretary's decision to refuse plans for a 1,200-home scheme in Cheshire, after ruling that the minister's focus on the deliverability of the scheme in reaching his conclusion was "something of a muddle". More.

Preparation of a joint strategic plan in Devon looks set to be delayed by almost a year and a half after work was suspended to take into account changes in political administrations across the county. More.


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