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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Safeguarded land allowed for housing to meet housing needs now

70 new dwellings were allowed at a settlement in West Yorkshire on safeguarded land for longer term development needs, the inspector holding the site was needed now to meet a housing shortfall and that its development would not prejudice the development of the wider area.

Major scheme refused in Scottish green belt by Ministers

A mixed use residential scheme involving 600 new homes, a public park, primary school and neighbourhood centre were refused on the edge of a settlement in the green belt in Falkirk, Scotland by Scottish Ministers who agreed with their reporter that the scheme would encroach into the green belt and be premature to an emerging local plan, despite a shortfall in housing land supply in the area.

Pre-NPPF locational policy supported in tilted balance

Outline permission for 140 dwellings on the edge of a settlement in Somerset has been refused solely for conflict with the pre-NPPF adopted local plan locational policies.

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Development management answers: Ancillary to primary use query

Q A house has a large curtilage containing a timber summerhouse that was erected as an ancillary outbuilding under permited development rights. It is used for the owners' recreational purposes and occasionally by family members for short holiday breaks...

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Legal Viewpoint: How duty to give reasons applies to small schemes

Legal Viewpoint: How duty to give reasons applies to small schemes

Last month, the High Court quashed Bath and North East Somerset Council's decision from September 2017 to grant planning permission and listed building consent for the controversial expansion of a 52-bed care home in the city.

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