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European Court clarifies what schemes in nature conservation areas must address

European Court clarifies what schemes in nature conservation areas must address

Appropriate assessments of development plans affecting European conservation areas must identify and examine the implications for habitats and species to be found outside the boundaries of that site, according to the latest European Court of Justice ruling on how European habitats protection rules should be interpreted.

377 homes refused in Milton Keynes 'valued landscape' despite lack of five year land supply

377 homes refused in Milton Keynes 'valued landscape' despite lack of five year land supply

Plans have been refused for 377 homes on agricultural land to the north of Milton Keynes despite recognition from planners that the council cannot demonstrate a five year housing land supply.

Brokenshire refuses 225-home Kent appeal after considering European habitats judgement

Brokenshire refuses 225-home Kent appeal after considering European habitats judgement

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has overruled an inspector and backed a council's decision to refuse plans for 225 homes in Kent, after taking into account a landmark European court ruling that changed the rules around assessing impacts on protected habitats.

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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.

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

Preserving listed buildings' heritage was key to approval for a modern school and homes, says Mark Wilding.

CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

Residential developments near to a Special Protection Area (SPA) would be required to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge of more than £400 per square metre on top of an existing tariff intended to mitigate the effects of development on the designated landscape under proposals unveiled this week by a Surrey council.

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

Volunteers in Kent have helped prepare a local list protecting heritage assets for their district council, reports David Dewar