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2,400 home scheme on former green belt land wins outline permission

2,400 home scheme on former green belt land wins outline permission

A large project to expand Coventry westwards has been given outline approval by the city's planners.

PINS' appeal decisions output returns to pre-lockdown levels

PINS' appeal decisions output returns to pre-lockdown levels

The level of monthly appeal decisions issued by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has returned to pre-lockdown levels, while the number of virtual events hosted by the body in October rose to its highest level since it began these earlier in the year, latest statistics reveal.

Why a judgment on a 50-year-old permission may present new risks for developers and councils

Why a judgment on a 50-year-old permission may present new risks for developers and councils

An appeal court judgment on half-a-century-old permission for a housing estate - ruling that the original consent was rendered unlawful by subsequent permissions that conflicted with aspects of it - could have major repercussions for the development of large multi-phase schemes, according to some legal experts.

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Development management answers: do external shutters need permission?

Q A householder wishes to install external shutters on his front windows to protect the house from vandalism. Would this require planning permission? TM

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How developers and councils are responding to the new town centre use class

How developers and councils are responding to the new town centre use class

The rules on changing the use of buildings has just been relaxed. Most shops can now be converted to offices and other uses without planning permission. How will developers and councils respond?

How a court judgment clarifies what planning conditions can and cannot be used for

How a court judgment clarifies what planning conditions can and cannot be used for

A Court of Appeal ruling in favour of a developer arguing that it should not be compelled by a council to provide a road on its scheme for public use is likely to act as a stark reminder of the limits of what planning conditions can – and cannot – be used for, experts say.

What the refusal of a Surrey retirement housing scheme reveals about planning for older people

What the refusal of a Surrey retirement housing scheme reveals about planning for older people

A Surrey council's refusal of plans for a 222-unit elderly care scheme partly on the grounds that it would “undermine the vitality and viability" of a town centre has sparked accusations from the developer that the decision was "ageist". While some observers say there may be some merit in this claim, most say it is rare for other councils to explicitly adopt similar stances towards such accommodation.

How Covid-19 has affected councils' enforcement work

How Covid-19 has affected councils' enforcement work

The number of enforcement notices issued by councils across England dropped by more than half between April and June this year. Experts say this is due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a drop in development activity prompting less complaints and enforcement officers unable to check reported breaches.


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Legal viewpoint: Appeal court ruling gives guidance on implementing multiple site permissions

Legal viewpoint: Appeal court ruling gives guidance on implementing multiple site permissions

The Court of Appeal has reviewed the law on overlapping planning permissions and reached a judgment, the practical effect being that it will limit the extent to which developers can rely on multiple permissions relating to the same site.

Legal Viewpoint: How a neighbourhood plan fell into a policy abyss

Legal Viewpoint: How a neighbourhood plan fell into a policy abyss

In a judgment handed down last month, the Court of Appeal found a “gaping hole” in an examiner’s report due to its failure to explain the departure of a Somerset village’s neighbourhood plan policy from national green belt policy. The policy, which restricted development on local green space (LGS), was struck down as unlawful.

Legal viewpoint: Are applicants allowed to determine their own applications?

Legal viewpoint: Are applicants allowed to determine their own applications?

This question was posed to me recently and the enquirer was very surprised to learn that, yes, local authorities, or indeed the secretary of state, can grant themselves planning permission. Such entities are used to acting in different capacities, wearing their different "hats" when making decisions.