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Go-ahead for south-east London arts complex

Go-ahead for south-east London arts complex

Plans have been approved for the first phase of an arts complex in a series of grade II listed buildings at Woolwich in south-east London, in line with a recommendation from planners that the scheme would 'enhance heritage features' of the buildings.

Planning committee 'significantly misled' over care home approval, judge rules

Planning committee 'significantly misled' over care home approval, judge rules

A High Court judge has quashed a planning consent for a care home in Yorkshire after ruling that a planning committee was 'significantly misled' by an officer's report on the proposals.

Welsh Government submits plans for 800 Swansea homes

Welsh Government submits plans for 800 Swansea homes

The Welsh Government has submitted plans for a development of up to 800 homes on a site on the northern outskirts of Swansea previously allocated for employment use.

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Development management answers: Crown development query

Q Have you come across the powers under which the Crown built offices for nationalised industries? We have no record of any consent for offices built for the South East Electricity Board in the 1960s or 1970s and whether it contained inherent limitations on the use of those premises. Can you help? PD

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What appeal court ruling on heritage means for planners

What appeal court ruling on heritage means for planners

A judgment allowing new homes near a grade I listed country house in Derbyshire confirms that planners and inspectors should take a broader view when assessing heritage impacts and not just consider the visual effects, say commentators.

Why extended appeal times are causing problems for applicants

Why extended appeal times are causing problems for applicants

Despite improvements in handling times for all categories of planning appeals, the latest figures from the Planning Inspectorate have left the sector unpersuaded that the system is producing results fast enough.

How permitted development rights for office-residential conversions are panning out

How permitted development rights for office-residential conversions are panning out

Allowing offices to be converted to homes without a planning application may sound a good idea, but closer inspection reveals problems, argues Ben Clifford.

How we did it: Hitting rogue landlords where it hurts

How we did it: Hitting rogue landlords where it hurts

A team in Barnet is using criminal law to clamp down on rogue landlords, reports David Dewar.


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Legal Viewpoint: Framework offers clarification, simplification and focus on homes delivery

Legal Viewpoint: Framework offers clarification, simplification and focus on homes delivery

Three of the main issues the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), published on Tuesday, is designed to address are the numerous high-profile court judgments on issues of interpretation, the need to simplify housing requirements and the imperative to achieve quicker delivery.

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling highlights councils' public sector equality duty

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling highlights councils' public sector equality duty

With objectors seeking a variety of ways to challenge the validity of planning permissions, a High Court ruling last month should put local planning authorities on notice of the requirement under the Equality Act 2010 to explicitly consider any impacts on protected groups and show how they have paid due regard to those needs.

Legal Viewpoint: Mitigation measures excluded from habitat screening stage

Legal Viewpoint: Mitigation measures excluded from habitat screening stage

A European court ruling has overturned the UK position that planning authorities may take mitigation measures into account in determining whether an appropriate assessment is required under the Habitats Regulations.