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Locally valued landscape policy given full backing by inspector

An inspector refused to sanction 72 houses on two fields within a green buffer in Kent, finding harm to the character and function of a locally valued area of landscape sufficient to disapply the tilted balance triggered by a significant five-year housing shortfall.

Green belt crematorium location not justified by community need

Plans for a crematorium in the green belt north of a south Yorkshire city failed when an inspector concluded the scheme was in the wrong location to meet community needs which could be better met by an alternative site and with potentially less harm to the green belt.

Vacant building credit denied due to deliberate vacancy

An inspector refused planning permission to convert a former care home to seventeen flats in a Devon city after finding serious shortcomings that far outweighed the benefits of bringing the listed building back into use.

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Development management answers: Does dormer on T-shaped roof require permission?

Q A house has a roof ridge in the form of a “t” and gables to the front and rear. The main roof ridge is at right angles to the road, but there is a “wing” with a ridged roof on one side of the house. This wing is set well back from the front of the house. ...

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Roy Pinnock

Legal Viewpoint: Court resets the rulebook for tall buildings in London, by Roy Pinnock

Tall buildings have proliferated over the past ten years outside areas defined as clusters for height. The response in London has been to set a plan-led approach in the 2021 London Plan. At first blush this looks restrictive, but a recent High Court judgment makes it easier for schemes to pass through the eye of the policy needle.

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