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Green light for 1,500-home mixed-use scheme on Herts factory site

Green light for 1,500-home mixed-use scheme on Herts factory site

Plans for a mixed-use scheme including almost 1,500 new homes on a former factory site in Welwyn Garden City have been given the green light, despite concerns about parking provision.

1,250-home Norwich tower approval prompts Historic England anger

1,250-home Norwich tower approval prompts Historic England anger

Historic England has called for government intervention after Norwich City Council approved plans for a 1,250-home, 20-storey mixed use scheme, which the heritage watchdog warned could cause "severe harm" to the city's character.

Appeal court upholds enforcement notice against listed urn removal

Appeal court upholds enforcement notice against listed urn removal

The Court of Appeal has upheld a Warwickshire council's enforcement notice against a landowner who removed two listed lead urns from the grounds of his home without permission, even though he no longer owns the urns and does not know where they are.

New City of London tower 'will respond positively' to Tower of London world heritage site

New City of London tower 'will respond positively' to Tower of London world heritage site

A proposed new 305-metre City of London tower would 'respond positively, in concept, scale and mass' to the nearby Tower of London World Heritage Site, despite a recognition that the scheme would have some 'major' impacts on views from within the site, according to plans submitted for the scheme.

Government consults on implementing first listed buildings consent order

Government consults on implementing first listed buildings consent order

BUDGET 2018 The government has published a consultation on the first use of a special secretary of state order which is intended to grant blanket listed building consent for certain types of works on prescribed heritage buildings.

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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.

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

Preserving listed buildings' heritage was key to approval for a modern school and homes, says Mark Wilding.

Policy Summary: Advice on how to prepare a bid for the new round of Heritage Action Zones

Policy Summary: Advice on how to prepare a bid for the new round of Heritage Action Zones

Policy: Heritage Action Zone: Explanatory Notes and Guidance.


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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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