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Khan blocks 305-metre 'Tulip' tower on design and heritage grounds

Khan blocks 305-metre 'Tulip' tower on design and heritage grounds

The mayor of London has directed the City of London Corporation to refuse planning consent for the proposed 305-metre 'Tulip' tower after concluding that the scheme "would not constitute the high standard of design required for a tall building in this location".

High Court blocks parish council's bid to overturn 400-home permission

High Court blocks parish council's bid to overturn 400-home permission

The High Court has blocked a parish council's bid to overturn permission for 400 homes on the outskirts of a West Sussex village on heritage impact grounds.

Appeal Court clarifies meaning of 'mast' in conservation area permitted development row

Appeal Court clarifies meaning of 'mast' in conservation area permitted development row

A Court of Appeal ruling overturning a London borough's consent for nine telecommunications antennae in a conservation area has clarified what is meant by the word 'mast' in planning terms.

Government to consult on planning changes to ease 5G telecoms roll-out

Government to consult on planning changes to ease 5G telecoms roll-out

The government is to consult on proposals to "simplify planning processes" across England to speed the delivery of 4G and 5G mobile networks.

Brokenshire overrules inspector to refuse 471-home Sainsbury's store redevelopment

Brokenshire overrules inspector to refuse 471-home Sainsbury's store redevelopment

The housing secretary has overruled the recommendation of a planning inspector and refused plans for the 471-home mixed-use redevelopment of a Sainsbury's supermarket site, after attaching "substantial weight" to the harm caused by the loss of daylight arising from the proposal.

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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.


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