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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Viability limits affordable housing

A mixed residential and retail redevelopment proposal in a Bedfordshire town centre secured outline permission after an inspector decided a modest contribution towards off-site affordable housing satisfied both local and national policy.

Timpson pod permitted at supermarket

An inspector found no evidence that a small retail pod outside an out of town Asda supermarket contravened a Warwickshire council's town centre first retail policy.

Housing out of keeping in river valley landscape

An inspector dismissed an outline proposal for nine houses outside a Herefordshire village after finding harm to a river valley AONB and the setting of a grade I listed bridge.

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Development Management Answers: does break constitute 'abandonment'?

Q A property owner submits a lawful development certificate application for a large house in multiple occupation (HMO). To secure the certificate, he must be able to prove that the building has been in continuous HMO use for more than ten years...

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Legal Viewpoint: No magic bullets but plenty of freedom on green belt review

Legal Viewpoint: No magic bullets but plenty of freedom on green belt review

The High Court challenge on the Guildford Local Plan, heard by Sir Duncan Ouseley QC at the end of 2019, crystallises justifications for plan-led green belt release where there is political will to meet housing needs.

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