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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.

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.

Court of Appeal blasts government for Paddington Cube call-in 'muddle'

Court of Appeal blasts government for Paddington Cube call-in 'muddle'

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the government should have given reasons for its refusal to call in plans for the controversial Paddington Cube scheme in London, in a decision that heritage campaigners said will 'resonate through the planning system'.

Driverless car track on part of Bosworth battlefield approved

Driverless car track on part of Bosworth battlefield approved

Plans have been approved for a test track for driverless cars on part of the site of the 1485 Battle of Bosworth in Leicestershire, after planners concluded that harm arising from the development would be 'less than substantial'.

Council 'minded to refuse' 35-storey, 386-home Manchester tower against officer advice

Council 'minded to refuse' 35-storey, 386-home Manchester tower against officer advice

Plans for 386 homes in a scheme including a 35-storey tower have been dealt a blow by Manchester City Council after members said they were minded to refuse the proposal, against the recommendation of officers.

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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.

Policy Summary: New planning guidance on how to treat the historic environment in Wales

Policy Summary: New planning guidance on how to treat the historic environment in Wales

Policy Technical Advice Note (TAN) 24: The Historic Environment (2017).


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Legal Viewpoint: When historic use weighs heavier than character

Legal Viewpoint: When historic use weighs heavier than character

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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