10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that plans for 184 homes in Cheshire have been blocked by a secretary of state against an inspector's advice for the second time, prompting the developer to claim that Tory politicians "from top to bottom, have failed to endorse their own rhetoric" on housebuilding.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick (pic: Getty)
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick (pic: Getty)

Applicant Darnhall Estate has been battling for the right to develop the 6.5-hectare site off Darnhall School Lane in Winsford, Cheshire, since 2013. More.

The Court of Appeal has thrown out a legal challenge by campaigners objecting to a Surrey council's local plan's accommodation of unmet housing need from a neighbouring authority. More.

A High Court judge has quashed a Yorkshire council's consent for a supermarket after finding that a planning officer's report failed to provide committee members with adequate information on the development's heritage impacts. More.

Appeal Court judges have overturned a landmark High Court ruling on the extent to which applicants can vary existing permissions after finding that a planning inspector acted "beyond her powers" in allowing a variation to conditions attached to a wind farm consent. More.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has overturned a direction by London mayor Sadiq Khan and approved new sports and science facilities at Harrow School in north London, much of which would be on metropolitan open land. More.

The government has awarded a combined £374 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to five councils to help unlock the delivery of up to 32,000 homes, with almost half going to projects in Medway, Kent. More.

The housing secretary has refused permission for 500 homes on green belt land in West Yorkshire against an inspector's recommendation, despite the council's lack of a five-year housing land supply. More.

Revised planning guidance on lighting, published this week, advises authorities to consider the "functional" nature of lighting proposals and provides protection for groups including astronomers and drivers. More.

Updated planning guidance on air pollution, also published this week, says that local authorities should seek opportunities to actively improve air quality through plan-making and development management decisions. More.

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has missed a government-imposed October deadline for assessing the first three annual housing land supply position statements submitted by councils and has postponed issuing its recommendations until after the general election. More.

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