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High Court throws out challenge to Ashford local plan

High Court throws out challenge to Ashford local plan

A High Court judge has thrown out a landowner's attempt to get a Kent council's local plan declared unsound over its safeguarding of a former factory site for a new train depot, according to the authority.

Hertsmere consults on LDO for EastEnders set

Hertsmere consults on LDO for EastEnders set

A Hertfordshire council is consulting on a draft local development order (LDO) for the set of BBC soap opera EastEnders, which it claims is the first order of its kind to be used for a film and production facility.

Appeal court rejects council's bid to block homes approval over parish plan clash

Appeal court rejects council's bid to block homes approval over parish plan clash

The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal inspector's decision to grant permission for a housing development in West Sussex, despite the project conflicting with the "aims" of an adopted neighbourhood plan.

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Development Management Answers: Foreshore development query

Q Would it be lawful to include areas of foreshore between mean low and high water within a neighbourhood planning area and for neighbourhood plan policies to promote development, such as permanent workshops for artists and craftspeople, thereon? PB

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The councils with the highest office-resi permitted development approval rates

The councils with the highest office-resi permitted development approval rates

Planning has analysed government statistics which log the numbers of prior approval applications for office-to-residential conversions, and the split between applications refused on the one hand and either approved or it being decided that prior approval was not required on the other.

The councils that are most successful at defending office-resi permitted development appeals

The councils that are most successful at defending office-resi permitted development appeals

The statistics show contrasting results as to the proportion of appeals against refusals of these applications dismissed in various local authority areas.

The refusal grounds for office-resi permitted development that are most overturned at appeal

The refusal grounds for office-resi permitted development that are most overturned at appeal

Our analysis tells you which councils approve the highest proportion of permitted development applications to convert offices to housing, which grounds for refusal are hardest to overturn at appeal, and much more.

Why appeal decisions have shot up

Why appeal decisions have shot up

A recent spike in appeal decisions has been attributed by the Planning Inspectorate to recruitment of more staff, but observers suggest it could also reflect a rise in the number of cases submitted.


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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.

Legal Viewpoint: Relief and despair in court ruling on scheme revisions

Legal Viewpoint: Relief and despair in court ruling on scheme revisions

In 1066, King Harald Hardrada won the Battle of Fulford before being beaten by King Harold at Stamford Bridge. In 2007, planning permission was granted for up to 700 houses on the alleged site and battle resumed, this time between the developers and the local parish council.

Legal Viewpoint: Why the courts will stay out of academic challenges

Legal Viewpoint: Why the courts will stay out of academic challenges

To what extent will the courts be prepared to become involved in claims raising purely "academic" arguments?