10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a High Court judge has criticised a planning inspector for having "misapplied" the law in blocking council enforcement action against an illegal north London flat conversion.

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

Estate agency, Maxwell Estates Limited, occupied the ground floor and basement of 85 Newington Green Road in Islington, which had an established use for the provision of financial and professional services. More.

The inspectors' report on the London Plan was published this week. Planning summarised 13 key recommendations that you need to know about. More.

A planning inspector has advised a Kent council that it may have to withdraw its local plan after finding that it fails to meet the duty to co-operate and flagging "significant concerns" about its soundness. More.

Thirteen local authorities adopted local plans that involved a reduction in green belt land during 2018-19, according to the latest government statistics, the highest number so far this decade. More.

The government has announced that it has completed a research project which could lead to councils being required to provide standardised data on local plans. More.

All local planning authorities will be required to draw up registers of locally-listed buildings under measures to 'empower' communities, announced by the government today. More.

Bristol City Council has granted outline consent for its own application for a 1,435-home mixed-use development on the southern edge of the city, reversing its decision to refuse the scheme earlier this year because of conflict with a neighbourhood plan. More.

An Essex council threatened with intervention by central government over its failure to adopt a local plan has finally voted to approve a draft version of the document for consultation, ahead of its submission for examination. More.

The Liverpool City Region has begun consultation on what is set to become the UK's first high-level spatial development strategy (SDS) outside of London, saying the document will aim to improve housing quality and combat climate change. More.

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