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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Gravel driveways accepted in regeneration area

The use of stone aggregate for the hard surfacing of driveways at a 179-home scheme in a Merseyside regeneration area was approved under reserved matters with no harm to the appearance and character of the area or to highway safety.

Rural location inappropriate for battery storage facility

A battery storage facility has been refused at a Wiltshire farm for lack of justification for its open countryside location, harm to the appearance and character of the area, moderate harm to highway safety from construction traffic and potentially harmful effect on archaeological heritage.

Parking permit restriction deemed unnecessary

The redevelopment of six garages for two new homes in a residential area of southwest London was approved without complying with conditions to restrict parking permissions and in conflict with adopted local plan policies, because it was held to cause no harm to the amenities of the occupiers of neighbouring residential properties by adding to parking stress in the area.

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Development management answers: Two flats or three?

Q A developer submits a planning application for three flats above an existing shop. The council's environmental health officers object because the flats are close to restaurants that open late and there is an extraction flue and noise from air condenser units near the rear windows of the property. Given that the developer could create two flats over the shop using permitted development rights, would it be unreasonable to refuse permission for three? JM

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Legal Viewpoint: Testing the wind on need for appropriate assessment

Legal Viewpoint: Testing the wind on need for appropriate assessment

Last month, the High Court considered applications by councils in Kent and Hampshire to quash planning permissions granted by the secretary of state for developments in their areas.

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