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Appeal Court rejects bid to halt Kent council's residential conversion enforcement action

Appeal Court rejects bid to halt Kent council's residential conversion enforcement action

The Court of Appeal has upheld a council's enforcement action against the illegal development of three new residential buildings in the countryside, refuting the owner's claim that the authority's demand for the complete demolition of the structures was 'over-enforcement'.

National park authority defiant despite ombudsman criticism of enforcement charging scheme

National park authority defiant despite ombudsman criticism of enforcement charging scheme

A government watchdog has criticised a national park authority for charging residents for planning enforcement work, saying the policy was introduced on "limited and uncertain grounds".

Gladman secures consent for 450 homes on unallocated North Yorkshire site

Gladman secures consent for 450 homes on unallocated North Yorkshire site

Land promoter Gladman has secured planning consent for 450 homes on an unallocated greenfield site in North Yorkshire, in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the council's five-year housing land supply position was 'marginal'.

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Development management answers: Home-based business query

Q A homeowner has applied for planning permission to operate a low-key tattoo business from his home. Would the local authority be well advised to avoid imposing a condition controlling the maximum number of daily customers, as this would be very difficult to enforce? And if it did, would such a condition be difficult to defend at appeal? PJ

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Why office-to-residential permitted development has slowed

Why office-to-residential permitted development has slowed

New government figures showing that office-to-residential permitted development applications have fallen by more than a fifth in the past year signify a drying up of attractive redevelopment opportunities, observers say.

The impact of the latest European habitats judgement

The impact of the latest European habitats judgement

The latest European Court ruling on development that affects protected habitats is likely to make life even harder for applicants and plan-makers, say experts.

How we did it: Letting officers pick their own cases

How we did it: Letting officers pick their own cases

Camden has given its development management team more autonomy, says Mark Wilding.

How the government's inquiry review panel might approach cutting timescales

How the government's inquiry review panel might approach cutting timescales

Charging fees for appeals and better use of PINS resources are likely to be key ways of speeding up inquiries, say experts.


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Legal Viewpoint: Judgment clarifies status of historical obligations

Legal Viewpoint: Judgment clarifies status of historical obligations

The High Court has clarified the tests required to remove historic planning obligations. It concluded that an obligation imposed in 1998 requiring a developer to pay 75 per cent of the cost of a road built by a Nottinghamshire council still served a useful purpose, even though it was not 'necessary' to make the development in question acceptable.

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling clarifies position on refusal to consider appeals

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling clarifies position on refusal to consider appeals

A telecommunications company's High Court challenge against a Planning Inspectorate (PINS) decision to refuse to consider a series of planning appeals raises both practical and technical issues for planning consultants, local authorities and lawyers.

Why NSIP route for shale projects may not ease consents process, by Angus Walker

Why NSIP route for shale projects may not ease consents process, by Angus Walker

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on whether, and if so how, shale gas or fracking projects - which term you prefer seems to indicate whether you are for or against them - should be brought within the Planning Act 2008 regime as a new type of nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP).