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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Housing allowed on urban edge

An inspector allowed a proposal for 96 dwellings, including 38 affordable, on grazing land on the edge of a Surrey town.

Significant benefits of housing outweigh conflict with plan

An inspector sanctioned the redevelopment and relocation of a nursery and garden centre and provision of up to 65 dwellings outside a Derbyshire village after he found significant benefits from the development outweighed conflict with the development plan.

Short stay accommodation materially changes use of flat

A reporter upheld enforcement action against the use of a flat in a Scottish city centre as short stay accommodation.

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Development management answers: Reasonable to refuse non-material amendment?

Q A developer with planning permission for an extension wishes to submit a non-material amendment application for an obscure glazed roof light in the roof slope. On its own, this would be permitted development. However, the site is adjacent to the neighbours' boundary and they may wish to comment. A section 73 application for a minor material amendment would allow this. Would it be reasonable to refuse the non-material amendment, given the fallback position that the light could be a permitted development once the extension is complete? HA

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Five key messages from court judgments in 2018

Five key messages from court judgments in 2018

UK and European court judgments this year offer some important messages on the application of policy and legal precedents for plan-making and development management. Here are five key rulings from 2018.

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