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Supermarket fails in High Court bid to block 221-home Brentford scheme

Supermarket fails in High Court bid to block 221-home Brentford scheme

Plans for a mixed-use development in west London, including a new superstore and 221 flats, have been given the green light by a High Court judge, after a rival supermarket unsuccessfully tried to halt the scheme.

Homes England announces scaled-back housing plan for protected Medway site

Homes England announces scaled-back housing plan for protected Medway site

Medway Council has criticised the government's housing agency over its decision to slash the number of homes being proposed at the Lodge Hill site on the Hoo Peninsula from 2,000 to just 500.

The top ten minor development appeal decisions in 2018

The top ten minor development appeal decisions in 2018

Several small-scale appeal decisions have attracted widespread attention among subscribers to DCS Ltd's COMPASS online appeals database this year. Here are the ten most frequently downloaded minor and householder development cases in 2018.

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Development management answers: Reasonable to refuse non-material amendment?

Q A developer with planning permission for an extension wishes to submit a non-material amendment application for an obscure glazed roof light in the roof slope. On its own, this would be permitted development. However, the site is adjacent to the neighbours' boundary and they may wish to comment. A section 73 application for a minor material amendment would allow this. Would it be reasonable to refuse the non-material amendment, given the fallback position that the light could be a permitted development once the extension is complete? HA

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How a court ruling is poised to help developers amend existing permissions

How a court ruling is poised to help developers amend existing permissions

A High Court judgment could allow developers far greater leeway to amend existing permissions without having to resubmit applications from scratch, observers believe.

Why councils are approving schemes that the courts later block because of daylight impact

Why councils are approving schemes that the courts later block because of daylight impact

A court judgment that found committee members were "misled" by an officer on daylight guidance when considering plans for a new hotel shows that council planners can find it difficult to interpret the rules in this complex area, say observers.

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

Proposals for a new use class merging shops, financial services and restaurants could mean local authority planners losing control over town centre development, observers fear.

How we did it: Delegating decisions to a town council

How we did it: Delegating decisions to a town council

Minor applications can now be decided by a town council in Lincolnshire, Colin Marrs reports.


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Five key messages from court judgments in 2018

Five key messages from court judgments in 2018

UK and European court judgments this year offer some important messages on the application of policy and legal precedents for plan-making and development management. Here are five key rulings from 2018.

Legal Viewpoint: Illuminating judgment on the display of advertisements

Legal Viewpoint: Illuminating judgment on the display of advertisements

A recent court ruling on a case from west London has clarified the scope of local planning authority powers when serving a discontinuance notice for the removal of illuminated advertisements.

Legal Viewpoint: When historic use weighs heavier than appearance

Legal Viewpoint: When historic use weighs heavier than appearance

A High Court judgment this summer raised a key issue over the relevance of character and appearance when assessing the impact of proposed development on conservation areas.