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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Reuse of rural brownfield site denied

A reporter refused planning permission in principle for twenty houses and 375 square metres of retail floorspace on brownfield land in the countryside outside a village in Ayrshire, finding the development unsustainable.

Landscaping condition does not remove GPDO rights for fence

An inspector varied the terms of an enforcement notice requiring the entire removal of a 1.8 metre tall fence on a Sussex pub boundary, to take account of a fallback position provided by permitted development rights for a one metre high fence.

Solar park approved

The secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy granted a development consent order for a 50 megawatts solar park with a battery storage facility on the Kent coast.

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Development management answers: Can reserved matters be submitted separately?

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Legal Viewpoint: Lessons all round from court ruling on path diversion order

Legal Viewpoint: Lessons all round from court ruling on path diversion order

A recent High Court decision on a case from Oxfordshire considered the relevant factors to be taken into account by councils when determining whether to exercise their power to make a public path diversion order (PPO). The decision raises points for councils, vendors, purchasers and owners of adjacent land.

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