10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a Kent council has hit out at the "thinly veiled charade that local plans are in any way locally-led", arguing that a planning inspector's recommendation that it withdraws its local plan from examination calls into question "the integrity of the whole plan-making system in this country".

Sevenoaks: inspectors recommended council withdraw local plan from examination (pic: Malc McDonald via Geograph)
Sevenoaks: inspectors recommended council withdraw local plan from examination (pic: Malc McDonald via Geograph)

Planning inspector Karen Baker wrote to Sevenoaks District council last month, following the first stage of its local plan examination hearings, concluding that the council had failed to carry out its duty to cooperate with neighbouring councils to find sites for new homes. More.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has reportedly hit back at planning inspectors who recommended that the new London Plan's "unrealistic" housing targets should be slashed by 20 per cent and called for a green belt review in the capital. More.

A judge has overturned a planning inspector's decision to allow an appeal against a council's enforcement action related to a homeowner's installation of PVC window frames, ruling the inspector's consideration of the use of UPVC in neighbouring properties when reaching his decision was "plainly legally irrelevant". More.

More than 240,000 additional homes were built in England last year, the highest figure since records began in 1991/2 and eclipsing the previous housing delivery peak in 2007/08, according to the latest government data. More.

Planning permission for a new Co-Op convenience store in a Hertfordshire village has been overturned by the High Court after a judge ruled that an officer's report failed to take account of the impact of the proposal on the settlement's existing post office and was therefore 'materially misleading'. More.

A Surrey council's review of its five-year-old core strategy which concluded that an update of the document was not needed - despite its housing requirement falling short of the government's standard method - should be given "no weight" in the planning process, a QC told the Planning for Housing conference yesterday. More.

Planning’s full coverage of the Planning for Housing Conference can be found here.

Up to 28 full-time planning and urban design jobs at Sheffield City Council, including 14 planning policy roles, could be at risk as part of a proposed service restructuring, Planning has learned. More.

The results of this year's housing delivery test have been postponed until after December's general election, the government has confirmed. More.

A Berkshire council has removed 22 housing sites from its draft local plan and reduced the amount of development allocated on green belt land amid a raft of changes made in response to concerns raised by a planning inspector. More.


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