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Go-ahead for 400 Canterbury homes after planners identify 'limited' world heritage site harm

Go-ahead for 400 Canterbury homes after planners identify 'limited' world heritage site harm

Plans have been approved for up to 400 homes on a greenfield site in Canterbury, Kent, after planners concluded that harm to heritage assets, including views of the city's world heritage site, would be 'less than substantial'.

Cambridgeshire energy-from-waste plant refused against officer advice

Cambridgeshire energy-from-waste plant refused against officer advice

Plans have been refused for an energy-from-waste plant in Cambridgeshire due to concerns over its landscape and heritage impacts, against a recommendation from planners.

Judge backs inspector over listed mansion replacement slates refusal

Judge backs inspector over listed mansion replacement slates refusal

A High Court judge has come down on the side of a council and a planning inspector in a row over a couple's choice of replacement tiles for a grade II* listed mansion.

Go-ahead for south-east London arts complex

Go-ahead for south-east London arts complex

Plans have been approved for the first phase of an arts complex in a series of grade II listed buildings at Woolwich in south-east London, in line with a recommendation from planners that the scheme would 'enhance heritage features' of the buildings.

Shropshire homeowner fined £1,200 for unauthorised changes to listed home

Shropshire homeowner fined £1,200 for unauthorised changes to listed home

A householder has been fined £1,200 for carrying out unauthorised changes, including the installation of a hot tub, at his grade II listed home in Shrewsbury.

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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: 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.

Prepare to resume old battles, by John Gummer

Prepare to resume old battles, by John Gummer

The planning system is a crucial environmental tool. However, like any other instrument, it's not always effective and, uniquely, its failures are clear for all to see.


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