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National Grid withdraws application for Wylfa nuclear plant power line

National Grid withdraws application for Wylfa nuclear plant power line

Energy network operator National Grid has withdrawn its planning application for a new power line in north Wales that would connect with the troubled Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

Tilbury Dock expansion given go-ahead despite landscape and heritage concerns

Tilbury Dock expansion given go-ahead despite landscape and heritage concerns

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has granted development consent for the expansion of Tilbury Dock in Essex, after judging that the removal of almost nine hectares of green belt land to allow for a new railway line to the site was justified.

What's new in the government's latest unauthorised traveller sites proposals

What's new in the government's latest unauthorised traveller sites proposals

Earlier this month, the government set out its ideas for helping planning authorities to stop unauthorised Gypsy and traveller sites.

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Development management answers: Green belt porch query

Q A client wishes to build a side extension to a house in the green belt. A porch about two metres square, not serving the main entrance, sits in the middle of the side wall and forms an original part of the house...

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The dangers for decision-makers of unclear reasoning

The dangers for decision-makers of unclear reasoning

A court judgment quashing an inspector's refusal of Bedfordshire housing reinforces the principle that decision-makers should provide clear reasons if they depart from previous verdicts on the same issue, say experts.

Five implications of the government's proposed PD right changes

Five implications of the government's proposed PD right changes

The proposed rights would be complicated for applicants to use, prompt councils to incur heavy costs and compromise design standards, say respondents to the government consultation.

The lessons from a council's chastening High Court heritage defeat

The lessons from a council's chastening High Court heritage defeat

The overturning of Liverpool City Council's consent for a 51-home redevelopment of a Grade II listed building shows that some planning officers are struggling with conservation considerations, say observers.

The dangers of deviation from the CIL rulebook

The dangers of deviation from the CIL rulebook

A High Court judgment requiring a self builder to pay a £36,000 community infrastructure levy bill for missing an exemption deadline shows that CIL regulations must be rigidly adhered to, say observers.


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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.

Legal Viewpoint: How levy regulations bite on scheme amendments

Legal Viewpoint: How levy regulations bite on scheme amendments

A recent High Court ruling involving a residential conversion scheme in north London illustrates how strict and unforgiving the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations 2010 can be.

Legal Viewpoint: Why directions are not a foolproof way to remove permitted development rights

Legal Viewpoint: Why directions are not a foolproof way to remove permitted development rights

Article 4 directions are not always the answer for local planning authorities seeking to remove permitted development (PD) rights. A recent High Court judgment reminds us that the wording and purpose of a direction are important.