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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Self build plots allowed outside village boundary

An outline proposal for five self-build houses on part of an equestrian centre outside a small village in Gloucestershire won the support of an inspector satisfied that a precedent would not be created.

Rural worker dwelling denied

The case for a new house for occupation by the manager of an equestrian enterprise in the Warwickshire countryside failed to satisfy an inspector.

Block of flats judged too dominant

An inspector defended the character of a residential neighbourhood in an Essex town, finding a proposal for a block of twelve flats out of keeping.

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Development management answers: Tea room use query

Q A bakery retail unit has a planning permission dating from 1976 for "tea rooms". The shop trades as a hot and cold takeaway sandwich bar at the front and a café at the rear. The operators cook on site in a kitchen with an extractor fan. A new tenant wishes to use the premises as a hot food takeaway. Would planning permission be required? RL

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Legal Viewpoint: Strategic assessment held inapplicable to framework

Legal Viewpoint: Strategic assessment held inapplicable to framework

Earlier this month, the High Court handed down judgment on a challenge to the secretary of state's decision to publish the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the basis that it should have undergone strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

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