10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the Court of Appeal has dismissed a parish council's legal challenge against a Suffolk council's approval of up to 229 homes in its area, in a case that examined how the 'deliverability' of potential sites for new housing is assessed.

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

East Bergholt Parish Council went to court after Babergh District Council granted three separate planning permissions for residential development in its area at a single council meeting in August 2017. More.

The government has committed to publishing a "planning white paper" in the "coming months" to make the process "clearer, more accessible and more certain for all users" and to address local authority "resourcing and performance", according to the Queen’s Speech. More.

The mayor of London has agreed to the recommendation by examining inspectors that he dramatically reduces the housing targets in his draft new London Plan but has refused to relax his stance on green belt protection and airport expansion. More.

Planning also summarised nine things you need to know about Khan's response to the inspectors. More.

A High Court judge has quashed a Sussex council's planning consent for a house after concluding that a planning officer's report on the application had been "seriously misleading". More.

A homeowner has been fined over £11,000 pounds after he built an "oversized, overbearing" wall within the Kent green belt without planning consent. More.

Plans to develop nearly 6,000 homes on a major private sector landholding in west London have been dropped after a planning inspector advised earlier this year that the project would be undeliverable. More.

Viability assessments should be used to inform local plans and help councils achieve their policy ambitions while "marginal unviability" should not be used to "reduce plan requirements", according to newly-published draft guidance for surveyors. More.

Plans have been approved for more than 3,000 homes on a largely greenfield site, despite the scheme including over 500 housing units more than the allocation in the council's local plan. More.

The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision earlier this year which ruled that a proposal for a new telephone kiosk in Westminster that included advertising fell outside of permitted development rules. More.


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