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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Local needs secure large-scale housing outside village

A proposal to build up to 150 new market and affordable homes on agricultural land outside a Suffolk village settlement boundary won permission when a developer successfully identified a local housing need.

Juice bar judged not to be a cafe use

An inspector decided a juice bar in a London city centre shop had the character of a Class A1 use and granted a certificate of lawful use or development.

No harm from year-round cherry business in garden of England

A seasonal and regional restriction on a cherry business at a fruit farm in Kent was removed when an inspector judged neighbour amenity would be unaffected.

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