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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Revised retirement housing design succeeds

An alternative design for retirement housing on the edge of a Shropshire conservation area was approved, an inspector agreeing that the revised massing and detailing would preserve the character of the area.

Hospital parking enforcement unreasonable

A decision by a local planning authority in Surrey to issue an enforcement notice requiring a hospital to cease using a staff car park was quashed with full costs to the appellants, an inspector deciding that its use made little difference to the level of congestion at peak times.

Replacement care home leads to heritage impacts

The demolition of a mid 19th century house in Cambridgeshire to facilitate the construction of a replacement 70 bedroom care home would lead to its total loss, an inspector held, thereby harming the character and appearance of a conservation area.

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Development management answers: Eaves query

Q My client recently lost an enforcement appeal against a notice requiring removal of a dormer on a house. The inspector varied the notice to allow retention of a small increase in the height of the eaves carried out as part of the works...

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Legal Viewpoint: Why quashed decisions can be a material consideration, by Katherine Barnes

Legal Viewpoint: Why quashed decisions can be a material consideration, by Katherine Barnes

It is uncontroversial that previous planning decisions can be material considerations. What, however, is the position regarding quashed decisions? The High Court recently addressed this issue in a case involving a football and athletics stadium in the Surrey green belt.

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