10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a Hampshire council has brought its moratorium on deciding new residential applications to an end after introducing a temporary strategy to mitigate nitrate outputs into sensitive habitats.

The Solent (Ronald Saunders, Flickr)
The Solent (Ronald Saunders, Flickr)

In June, Portsmouth City Council was among 11 local authorities in Hampshire that suspended the consideration of new homes following advice from government environment watchdog Natural England that developments should only be permitted if they are nitrate-neutral. More.

Meanwhile, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has announced that it will not issue decisions on planning applications for housing in areas where wastewater could affect environmentally-protected areas in the Solent region. More.

A Hertfordshire council has granted permission for up to 1,100 homes on a former green belt site, despite the quantum of development exceeding that set out in its core strategy. More.

Existing registrations of town and village greens on publicly-owned land could be removed where such registrations conflict with the site's "statutory purposes" following an important Supreme Court ruling today, according to legal experts. More.

A council has secured an injunction to stop a developer reneging on a section 106 agreement by selling homes that were consented on the basis that they would be provided as affordable housing on the open market. More.

The leader of a Kent council has overturned a planning permission issued in error by his own authority in the High Court. More.

An Essex council has refused an application for 250 homes on an unallocated greenfield site after officers described the proposal as "poor planning", despite recognising that there is uncertainty over the authority's five year housing land supply position. More.

The government's garden communities initiative could help deliver over 400,000 new homes, but just three per cent of these have been built so far while 30 per cent have no formal planning status, a report by consultancy Lichfields has found. More.

Land promoter Gladman has been refused consent for 200 homes on an unallocated site in North Yorkshire after officers advised that the proposal was contrary to local planning policy and "unacceptable on its planning merits". More.

A decision on a 480-home mixed-use scheme on an employment site in central Birmingham has been deferred over concerns that the scheme could jeopardise the delivery of a rail infrastructure project in the city. More.

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