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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Council's housing supply found wanting in deliverability terms

A scheme for 53 dwellings on grazing land at the edge of a village in Surrey was refused for its combined harms to a valued landscape and setting of a listed building, despite a shortfall in housing land supply found in the area.

Finding of abandonment prevents replacement dwelling

A replacement dwelling has been refused in the Gloucestershire countryside for conflict with the locational policies of the adopted local plan on the basis that the original dwelling use had been abandoned and the proposal was effectively for a new dwelling in the open countryside.

Waste recycling and AD facility unacceptable in green belt

A materials recycling and anaerobic digestion facility at a former mineral extraction site in the Buckinghamshire green belt was refused for harm from inappropriateness and loss of openness with no very special circumstances to outweigh these and other harms.

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Development Management Answers: Site visit problem

Q. A homeowner has submitted a planning application but the planning officer has been unable to make contact to arrange a site visit to assess the proposals because he never answers the phone. The officer has visited the property a number of times and the applicant has never been in. Would the council be entitled to refuse the application and, if so, on what grounds? JM

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Legal Viewpoint: Why the courts will stay out of academic challenges

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