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352-home scheme approved without affordable housing thanks to public realm improvements

352-home scheme approved without affordable housing thanks to public realm improvements

Plans have been approved for a 352-home residential-led development in Greater Manchester, after planning officers advised that no affordable housing contribution was required in light of the scheme's "transformative" public realm improvements.

12 significant court rulings from the first quarter of 2019

12 significant court rulings from the first quarter of 2019

It's been a busy year for the courts on planning cases, with around three dozen judgments issued so far that shed light on interpretation of a range of planning policy and practice issues. Here are 12 significant rulings from the first quarter of 2019.

Plans submitted for 450-home Rotherham greenfield scheme

Plans submitted for 450-home Rotherham greenfield scheme

Plans have been submitted for a development of up to 450 homes on a greenfield site on the south-eastern edge of Rotherham in South Yorkshire.

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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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Why revised call-in stance may not lift legal challenge threat

Why revised call-in stance may not lift legal challenge threat

The housing secretary's declaration that he will no longer publish reasons why he has decided to call in planning applications may not necessarily deter legal challenges, say observers.

How we did it: Gaining consent for port expansion

How we did it: Gaining consent for port expansion

A port expansion in Essex has secured approval after green belt, heritage and ecological concerns were resolved, says Colin Marrs.

How play space row highlights issues over compliance with permissions

How play space row highlights issues over compliance with permissions

The revelation that social housing residents in south London have been prevented from using play space in a new housing development has prompted outrage, including from the housing secretary.

Ten circumstances 'special' enough to justify green belt development

Ten circumstances 'special' enough to justify green belt development

What are the most common reasons for "very special circumstances" given by planning inspectors when allowing green belt development at appeal, asks Stuart Watson.


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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).

Legal Viewpoint: Why decision-takers cannot ignore appeal precedents

Legal Viewpoint: Why decision-takers cannot ignore appeal precedents

The need for consistency in decision-making was emphasised in a recent High Court ruling on a developer's challenge to an inspector's refusal to grant planning permission for 135 dwellings outside a Bedfordshire village's defined settlement envelope.

Legal Viewpoint: Why developers should take care before starting on site

Legal Viewpoint: Why developers should take care before starting on site

Once planning permission has been granted, it is not uncommon for developers to contemplate a start on site even though they have not obtained approvals under conditions that need to be discharged prior to commencement. Case law has established that development in breach of "true" pre-commencement conditions is unlawful.