10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a High Court judge has quashed a consent for a 20,000 square metre mixed-use development in Winchester after the local authority decided not to fight a legal challenge by campaigners concerned about the scheme's heritage impacts.

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

The City of Winchester Trust had last month applied to the High Court for permission to bring a judicial review against Winchester City Council's decision to grant permission for a mixed-use office and leisure scheme near to the city’s railway station. More. 

A High Court judge has dismissed a judicial review challenge against Guildford Borough Council's adopted 14,600-home local plan, rejecting a claim that the plan's housing target and proposed deallocations of green belt land were excessive. More.

A north Hampshire council has become the latest local authority to impose a moratorium on residential planning decisions due to concerns from environment watchdog Natural England over nitrate pollution. More.

An inspector has dismissed an appeal against an East Sussex council's failure to determine a 74-home application, despite the authority having only a 2.6 year housing land supply, after concluding that the presumption in favour of sustainable development did not apply because of the site's proximity to protected habitats. More.

A Nottinghamshire woman who unlawfully built her own flood defences in a high risk flood zone has been ordered to pay almost £1,400 by magistrates. More.

A landlord who illegally converted her west London home into a house in multiple occupation (HMO) has been ordered to pay more than £400,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). More.

The High Court has extended an injunction on a gypsy encampment in an area of woodland in Surrey, ruling that the camp was a "substantial and unlawful development in open countryside". More.

Property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has said it expects to continue expanding its planning team in the wake of its impending sale to a US real estate firm. More.

Plans have been approved for up to 2,500 homes on a former green belt site on the southern edge of Coventry, which forms part of a 4,000-home allocation intended to help meet the city's unmet housing need. More.

A "planning hackathon" due to take place in London next week will examine how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to analyse data in planning applications and "radically reduce" processing times, according to the event's organisers. More.

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