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Corby allows huge logistics scheme on unallocated site despite local plan officers' concerns

Corby allows huge logistics scheme on unallocated site despite local plan officers' concerns

Corby Borough Council has given the green light to plans for a 400,000 square metre logistics scheme on open countryside despite the authority’s own local plan officers’ expressing concerns that the site is not allocated for development.

Brent gives go-ahead to 509-home scheme on industrial site

Brent gives go-ahead to 509-home scheme on industrial site

The London Borough of Brent has given the go-ahead to plans for a 509-home mixed-use scheme on a designated industrial site, despite the loss of commercial floorspace.

New demolition and upwards extension permitted development rights will be introduced this month, says Jenrick

New demolition and upwards extension permitted development rights will be introduced this month, says Jenrick

New permitted development (PD) rights allowing vacant commercial and residential buildings to be demolished for new housing and individual homes to extend upwards will be introduced "before the summer recess", the housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said.

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Development management answers: what is the application fee for temporary structures?

Q I have a recurring problem with a local authority over the fees payable for temporary or mobile structures such as caravans, portable cabins and demountable buildings without footings and foundations....

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In Pictures: the products of permitted development

In Pictures: the products of permitted development

The homes converted from office blocks under permitted development rights currently being reviewed by the government.

Why a minister’s premature declaration of a called-in decision raises the risk of a legal challenge

Why a minister’s premature declaration of a called-in decision raises the risk of a legal challenge

A blunder by the planning minister in mistakenly announcing the result of a yet-to-be-determined application to redevelop a historic bell foundry has prompted concerns among legal experts that the eventual decision has been ‘predetermined’ and will therefore be “ripe for judicial review”.

Ten 2020 appeal decisions that you need to know about

Ten 2020 appeal decisions that you need to know about

The most downloaded cases from COMPASS Online decided between January and May 2020.

Seven key messages from court judgements since the new year

Seven key messages from court judgements since the new year

Several important issues of principle have been explored in rulings handed down in the past six months.


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Legal Viewpoint: How national policy reinforces the right to know

Legal Viewpoint: How national policy reinforces the right to know

The High Court’s decision on viability disclosure in a case from east London highlights the impact of recent national policy on transparency in viability assessments.

Why Jenrick's acceptance of 'apparent bias' in his decision-making matters, by Richard Garlick

Why Jenrick's acceptance of 'apparent bias' in his decision-making matters, by Richard Garlick

The secretary of state for housing is the most senior decision-maker in the planning system, outside of the courts. For him to accept that one of his decisions should be quashed on grounds of his own “apparent bias” is an extremely serious matter.

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping planning enforcement on track during lockdown

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping planning enforcement on track during lockdown

Among the many areas of normal life to have been suffocated by Covid-19 is the planning appeals process, where things have more or less ground to a halt.