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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Scheme found wanting in local landscape terms despite favourable heritage balance

An inspector has refused 13 dwellings in open countryside in Somerset for overall harms to heritage assets and to the appearance and character of the area generally, despite acknowledging the considerable social, economic and environmental benefits and that only 3.8 years housing land supply was available.

Rural microbrewery accepted despite locational policies conflict

A microbrewery from a redundant building at a farm in Dartmoor National Park was approved with no harm found to the status of the farm building as a non-designated heritage asset and no conflict found with adopted locational policies.

Lack of required consultation prevents otherwise acceptable mobile phone mast

The replacement of existing telecommunications equipment with a taller mast was refused in a Hertfordshire settlement for the proposal not meeting the consultation requirements of paragraph 115a) of the NPPF.

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Development management answers: do external shutters need permission?

Q A householder wishes to install external shutters on his front windows to protect the house from vandalism. Would this require planning permission? TM

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Legal viewpoint: Appeal court ruling gives guidance on implementing multiple site permissions

Legal viewpoint: Appeal court ruling gives guidance on implementing multiple site permissions

The Court of Appeal has reviewed the law on overlapping planning permissions and reached a judgment, the practical effect being that it will limit the extent to which developers can rely on multiple permissions relating to the same site.

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