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Council loses court bid to reinstate food sales ban

An inspector's decision to issue a lawful development certificate (LDC) confirming that any goods can be sold from a south London retail warehouse was correctly reached, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Housing threatens distinctiveness of neighbouring settlements

Harm to the significance of an Oxfordshire village conservation area from an outline proposal for 115 houses within its farmland setting was judged by an inspector to outweigh the public benefits of development.

Second inspector takes harder line on green belt policy

In a decision remitted by the High Court, an inspector rejected a new factory unit in the green belt on the edge of a Worcestershire village, finding no very special circumstances to outweigh the inappropriate development.

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Development management answers: Annexe condition query

Q My clients have built an annexe in their back garden.

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Legal Viewpoint: How revised framework has affected green belt scope

Legal Viewpoint: How revised framework has affected green belt scope

In March, it seemed like there was a slight loosening of the green belt. The draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) proposed widening the range of development that is not 'inappropriate' in the green belt to proposals which 'reuse previously developed land and contribute to meeting an identified local affordable housing need', as long as they do not cause 'substantial' harm to openness.

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