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Go-ahead for 1,300-home scheme on former Horlicks factory site

Go-ahead for 1,300-home scheme on former Horlicks factory site

Plans have been approved for a 1,300-home development on the site of a former Horlicks factory in Berkshire, after planners advised that the scheme would deliver "major" environmental, social and economic benefits despite a non-policy compliant level of affordable housing.

Judge overturns UPVC windows appeal consent over inspector's 'irrelevant' assessment

Judge overturns UPVC windows appeal consent over inspector's 'irrelevant' assessment

A judge has overturned a planning inspector's decision to allow an appeal against a council's enforcement action related to a homeowner's installation of PVC window frames, ruling the inspector's consideration of the use of UPVC in neighbouring properties when reaching his decision was "plainly legally irrelevant".

750 Lancashire homes approved after employment allocation dropped

750 Lancashire homes approved after employment allocation dropped

A North West council has approved an application for 750 homes after deciding that an allocation for employment uses on part of the site was not likely to be delivered.

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Development Management Answers - Habitable room definition?

Q The term "habitable room" is frequently used in planning policies and other planning documents. Is there any definition under planning legislation of what constitutes a habitable room? I understand that there is a definition under the building regulations. NT

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Why the business secretary overruled an inspector's recommendation and approved a gas-fired power plant

Why the business secretary overruled an inspector's recommendation and approved a gas-fired power plant

A minister's approval of a gas-fired power plant against an inspector's finding potentially conflicts with the government's commitment to its net zero carbon target, say some experts, who also suggest the decision illustrates the need for an overhaul of the eight-year-old energy national policy statements.

How injunctions banning unauthorised traveller sites are impacting provision

How injunctions banning unauthorised traveller sites are impacting provision

On Tuesday 3 September, around 100 vehicles made their way through the Surrey countryside before stopping at Epsom Common and Horton Country Park, where the occupants set up camp.

Map: Where might office demolitions for housebuilding be most likely?

Map: Where might office demolitions for housebuilding be most likely?

Revealed: The business districts in England with the biggest gaps between resi and office values, plus existing office to resi permitted development conversion hotspots.

How the 'freedom' to demolish office buildings for new homes would work

How the 'freedom' to demolish office buildings for new homes would work

The government has renewed its plans to allow offices to be demolished and replaced with new homes. But the latest proposals envisage more control over the consent process for councils than previously suggested. Some commentators say this will soften council opposition. But others raise concerns about loss of commercial floorspace and a lack of developer interest.


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Legal Viewpoint: How infrastructure levy can bite on relatively modest developments

Legal Viewpoint: How infrastructure levy can bite on relatively modest developments

The Court of Appeal has considered some of the nuts and bolts of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime for the first time. The facts illustrate the potential jeopardy faced by developers from provisions that are complex and, at their core, still open to varying interpretations.

Legal Viewpoint: Court tests interface between planning policy layers, by Killian Garvey

Legal Viewpoint: Court tests interface between planning policy layers, by Killian Garvey

A recent Court of Appeal judgment revolved around the interpretation of a policy in a neighbourhood plan for a West Sussex village.

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

The High Court has confirmed that local planning authorities do not have the power to extend the determination period for prior approval applications where the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) specifies a deadline for determination.