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Jenrick refuses 700-home appeal over 'less than substantial' harm to listed farmhouse

Jenrick refuses 700-home appeal over 'less than substantial' harm to listed farmhouse

The housing secretary has refused an appeal for a 700-home development in Hampshire despite the local authority's out-of-date planning policies, after concluding that "protective" heritage policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) "disapplied" the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Judge quashes Bradford supermarket approval over planning report failings

Judge quashes Bradford supermarket approval over planning report failings

A High Court judge has quashed a Yorkshire council's consent for a supermarket after finding that a planning officer's report failed to provide committee members with adequate information on the development's heritage impacts.

Councils to be forced to draw up local listing registers

Councils to be forced to draw up local listing registers

All local planning authorities will be required to draw up registers of locally-listed buildings under measures to 'empower' communities, announced by the government today.

High Court backs Brighton and Hove over 93-home approval

High Court backs Brighton and Hove over 93-home approval

A High Court judge has dismissed a claim that a planning officer's report "misled" an East Sussex council into approving plans for 93 homes on the site of a former school because it did not give enough weight to the scheme's impact on a nearby conservation area.

22-storey west London tower refused on heritage grounds against officer advice

22-storey west London tower refused on heritage grounds against officer advice

West London council members have refused plans for a new 22-storey residential tower next to a Grade II listed art-deco former Hoover factory against a recommendation for approval from planners.

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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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The perils of prioritising tourism, by Cliff Hague

The perils of prioritising tourism, by Cliff Hague

Venice, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Edinburgh. These are places identified by the website CNN Travel as hotspots for "overtourism". Last year the Oxford English Dictionary made overtourism one of its words of the year. So what does it mean for planning, placemaking and urban conservation?

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.