Summaries of key development management decisions, including appeals, ombudsman reports, court judgements and Secretary of State decisions. Cases are selected and summarised by the COMPASS team. COMPASS is a fully indexed and searchable database of planning decisions.

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Council acted unreasonably in not validating outline application

An adventure golf facility and car park at an existing golf course in north east London's metropolitan green belt was refused as inappropriate development, a decision based mainly on a lack of detailed information supporting the application.

Four dwelling scheme not considered rounding off

Four dwellings on the edge of a settlement on the Cornish coast were refused for harm to the appearance and character of the area and the scenic beauty of the area of outstanding natural beauty.

Inadequate supporting evidence allows for further hot food takeaway

A restaurant and hot food takeaway from a retail shop in the primary shopping frontage of a north London district centre was allowed with no harm to the vitality and viability of the town centre or the safety, health and well-being of the community.

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Development Management Answers - Habitable room definition?

Q The term "habitable room" is frequently used in planning policies and other planning documents. Is there any definition under planning legislation of what constitutes a habitable room? I understand that there is a definition under the building regulations. NT

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Legal Viewpoint: Tribunal ruling on retail case tests scope of legal privilege

Legal Viewpoint: Tribunal ruling on retail case tests scope of legal privilege

In a recent case involving competing retail proposals in Yorkshire, the Information Rights Tribunal considered disclosure of instructions to counsel in the context of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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