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Judge backs 200-home Essex scheme refusal despite inspector's 'errors'

Judge backs 200-home Essex scheme refusal despite inspector's 'errors'

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge against a planning inspector's refusal of plans for 200 homes in the grounds of an Essex hotel, despite recognising that the inspector had made "minor" errors in her decision making.

Jenrick overrules inspector to allow 1,500-home east London appeal

Jenrick overrules inspector to allow 1,500-home east London appeal

The housing secretary has allowed an appeal for a 1,500-home development in Tower Hamlets, rejecting a government inspector's conclusion that the scheme's benefits were outweighed by its harmful impact on nearby heritage assets, including Tower Bridge.

Westminster blocks 47,694 sq m office-led scheme on design and heritage grounds

Westminster blocks 47,694 sq m office-led scheme on design and heritage grounds

A London council has rejected plans for an 18-storey mixed-use scheme after planners advised that they were not convinced that the public benefits of the scheme "could not be delivered with a building of lesser visual impact".

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How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

Adopting a more proactive role in protecting heritage led Sefton Council to create a new post to take on the task, Mark Wilding reports.

How NPPF revisions are making it easier for developers to build in protected habitats

How NPPF revisions are making it easier for developers to build in protected habitats

A change to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in relation to the weight decision-makers should give development in or near protected habitats where there is an inadequate housing land supply should make it easier for such schemes to gain consent, say observers.

The lessons from a council's chastening High Court heritage defeat

The lessons from a council's chastening High Court heritage defeat

The overturning of Liverpool City Council's consent for a 51-home redevelopment of a Grade II listed building shows that some planning officers are struggling with conservation considerations, say observers.

Why a court ruling will force ministers to explain decisions

Why a court ruling will force ministers to explain decisions

A Court of Appeal ruling over the controversial Paddington Cube scheme in central London should boost transparency around government call-in decisions, say observers.