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Oxfordshire council approves 4,254-home scheme on greenfield land

Oxfordshire council approves 4,254-home scheme on greenfield land

An Oxfordshire council has granted outline permission for a 4,254-home mixed-use scheme on agricultural land near Didcot, after planning officers advised that previously-raised concerns over highway access and healthcare provision had been resolved.

Why applicants may now face literal beauty tests, despite government assurances

Why applicants may now face literal beauty tests, despite government assurances

Last week’s revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework enshrine the creation of “beautiful” places as an overarching ambition of the planning system. While some commentators accept the government’s claim that the beauty aspiration will not create a new “policy test”, others see a potential new hurdle for development

Inspector awards full costs against council over ‘unreasonable' refusal of 160 homes on allocated site

Inspector awards full costs against council over ‘unreasonable' refusal of 160 homes on allocated site

A planning inspector has awarded a developer full costs against an East Sussex council after overturning its refusal of a 160-home scheme on a site allocated in its local plan, citing the authority’s “unreasonable behaviour” that resulted in “unnecessary and wasted expense” and noting its lack of a five-year housing land supply.

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Development management answers: How do I secure consent for extension with roof terrace?

Q A client’s house has a small flat-roofed single-storey rear extension with a roof used as a terrace for sitting out....

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How discounted First Homes change the system: the Planning Briefing

How discounted First Homes change the system: the Planning Briefing

The government’s new homes for first-time buyers should account for a quarter of all affordable housing delivered via planning obligations. We explore the implications for applicants and authorities

What appeal consent for 100 homes on an unallocated green belt site reveals about the strength of countryside protections

What appeal consent for 100 homes on an unallocated green belt site reveals about the strength of countryside protections

An appeal decision allowing up to 100 homes on an unallocated green belt site in Hertfordshire on the basis of "acute" local need may indicate weakened green belt protection and will encourage developers to test other such sites, some legal experts say. However, other practitioners say the government is still committed to high green belt protection.

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How a court ruling promises a legally safe method for mitigating water pollution from housebuilding

How a court ruling promises a legally safe method for mitigating water pollution from housebuilding

A High Court judgment endorsing a government agency's advice that seeks to ensure that new housing schemes in sensitive environmental areas in south Hampshire are nitrate-neutral may help boost development in the area and is likely to have wider implications for other places where the impact of pollution on protected sites is a concern, say commentators.


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Legal viewpoint: No second chances for self-build exemption under infrastructure levy

Legal viewpoint: No second chances for self-build exemption under infrastructure levy

The High Court has ruled that Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) exemption cannot be claimed for self-build housing authorised by a retrospective planning permission under section 73A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

How an appeal decision may open the door for more elderly care housing in town centres

How an appeal decision may open the door for more elderly care housing in town centres

An appeal decision overturning a council refusal of an extra care complex in a Surrey town establishes the principle that such schemes, where they include a mix of uses alongside housing, are appropriate in town centre or edge-of-centre locations, say practitioners.

Letter: Greater clarity on holding directions could help avoid unnecessary delays in the planning process

Letter: Greater clarity on holding directions could help avoid unnecessary delays in the planning process

The vagueness of the government’s guidelines as to when the secretary of state (SoS) can exercise call-in powers raises the question of whether this process is simply a means to add delay and risk to the planning process unnecessarily.