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Green light for 750-home Leeds city centre mixed use development

Green light for 750-home Leeds city centre mixed use development

Leeds City Council has approved a 750-home mixed use plan, including a 40-storey tower, that it hopes will regenerate a 3.5 hectare patch of vacant land in the city centre.

Revised Crystal Palace stadium plan approved after new homes guarantee

Revised Crystal Palace stadium plan approved after new homes guarantee

The London Borough of Croydon's planning committee last night unanimously approved revised plans to redevelop Premier League football club Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park stadium.

Why Javid is making multiple decisions at a district level

Why Javid is making multiple decisions at a district level

The secretary of state has twice recently issued a series of decisions in a single council district simultaneously. But experts say the move is explained by local circumstances rather than any new national approach.

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Development management answers: Annexe condition query

Q My clients have built an annexe in their back garden.

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Why a hike in barn conversion bids is  in the pipeline

Why a hike in barn conversion bids is in the pipeline

Changes to permitted development rules that would allow much larger barn conversions have been greeted enthusiastically by consultants but prompted concerns among councils.

Why councils could face challenges over inadequate details on planning refusals

Why councils could face challenges over inadequate details on planning refusals

Experts offer differing interpretations on the extent of the dangers facing councils failing to explain why they have taken planning decisions, following recent court rulings.

Why doubt increases when inspectors' advice is ignored

Why doubt increases when inspectors' advice is ignored

Experts say it is almost impossible to generalise about why the secretary of state is refusing homes applications in areas with no identified five-year housing land supply.

How councils are aiming to improve compliance with enforcement action

How councils are aiming to improve compliance with enforcement action

Despite the headlines devoted to a particularly blatant recent breach of planning controls, some observers believe the tide is starting to turn in making enforcement action stick.


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Legal Viewpoint: Ruling raises questions over when benefits should count

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling raises questions over when benefits should count

The High Court judge recently quashed an appeal inspector's decision to refuse permission for a large residential scheme on the edge of a Norfolk village. Mrs Justice Lang concluded that the inspector had fallen into error in disregarding the community benefits of a proposed new school. Arguably, however, it was the judge who made the mistake.

Plans for speedier agreement of pre-commencement conditions won't end the need for tactical nous, by Bryan Johnston

Plans for speedier agreement of pre-commencement conditions won't end the need for tactical nous, by Bryan Johnston

One of the development industry's perennial bugbears with the planning system is that councils are laying down too many conditions that must be met before a start on site can be made.

Legal Viewpoint: Judge clarifies duties on application amendments

Legal Viewpoint: Judge clarifies duties on application amendments

When do councils need to reconsult if a developer amends a planning application? The principle laid down in Wheatcroft v Secretary of State for the Environment and Another [1980] is that a permissible change to a planning application is one that does not make the application "in substance not that which was applied for".