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Inspector blocks 370 Gloucestershire homes over heritage impacts

Inspector blocks 370 Gloucestershire homes over heritage impacts

Permission for 370 homes in the open countryside near Thornbury in Gloucestershire has been refused by an inspector who ruled that likely harm to nearby listed buildings put the development at odds with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Developer secures judicial review over 'bizarre' appeal decision blocking listed building revamp

Developer secures judicial review over 'bizarre' appeal decision blocking listed building revamp

The High Court has paved the way for a judicial review of a planning inspector's decision to refuse plans for the conversion of a Grade I-listed mansion and its grounds into various alternative uses, after the scheme's developers accused the inspector of coming to "bizarre and unheralded" conclusions on the application.

115-home Gladman scheme on unallocated site refused over heritage concerns

115-home Gladman scheme on unallocated site refused over heritage concerns

Councillors have rejected land promoter Gladman Development's plans for 115 homes on an unallocated greenfield site near Mancetter in Warwickshire after officers advised the proposed scheme would cause harm to Roman archaeological sites.

Hull city centre mixed-use regeneration plan approved

Hull city centre mixed-use regeneration plan approved

Plans have been approved for the regeneration of a Hull city centre site into a mixed-use development with an ice rink, 278 homes, and up to 16,752 square metres of retail space, after officers advised that planning conditions could ensure the preservation of three 1960s-era murals on the site's existing buildings.

City of London approves 'Tulip' tower despite mayor's heritage and design objections

City of London approves 'Tulip' tower despite mayor's heritage and design objections

Plans for what would be the second tallest building in western Europe have been approved by the City of London but must still pass muster with mayor Sadiq Khan, who has raised serious concerns about the scheme's design and its impact on the nearby Tower of London.

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How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

Adopting a more proactive role in protecting heritage led Sefton Council to create a new post to take on the task, Mark Wilding reports.

The lessons from a council's chastening High Court heritage defeat

The lessons from a council's chastening High Court heritage defeat

The overturning of Liverpool City Council's consent for a 51-home redevelopment of a Grade II listed building shows that some planning officers are struggling with conservation considerations, say observers.

Why a court ruling will force ministers to explain decisions

Why a court ruling will force ministers to explain decisions

A Court of Appeal ruling over the controversial Paddington Cube scheme in central London should boost transparency around government call-in decisions, say observers.

What appeal court ruling on heritage means for planners

What appeal court ruling on heritage means for planners

A judgment allowing new homes near a grade I listed country house in Derbyshire confirms that planners and inspectors should take a broader view when assessing heritage impacts and not just consider the visual effects, say commentators.


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Legal Viewpoint: When historic use weighs heavier than appearance

Legal Viewpoint: When historic use weighs heavier than appearance

A High Court judgment this summer raised a key issue over the relevance of character and appearance when assessing the impact of proposed development on conservation areas.

Legal Viewpoint: Court issues interpretation of heritage assets policy

Legal Viewpoint: Court issues interpretation of heritage assets policy

In a recent case from Gloucestershire, the High Court considered the interaction between the presumption in favour of sustainable development in paragraph 14 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the restriction on development affecting heritage assets in paragraph 134.

Legal Viewpoint: Joining the dots on heritage duties in committee reports

Legal Viewpoint: Joining the dots on heritage duties in committee reports

Planning should be about creative judgement and common sense. A recent High Court case on the conversion of a pub next to a north London nightclub into housing highlights the need to get the basics right.

Czechs' chequered history offers examples for heritage conservation, by Cliff Hague

Czechs' chequered history offers examples for heritage conservation, by Cliff Hague

Heritage conservation is increasingly a headache in austerity Britain, with rationalisations of space use, absentee landlords, the continued problem of VAT on repairs and maintenance and the squeeze on conservation skills in local government all threatening historic townscapes.


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