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Khan blocks 305-metre 'Tulip' tower on design and heritage grounds

Khan blocks 305-metre 'Tulip' tower on design and heritage grounds

The mayor of London has directed the City of London Corporation to refuse planning consent for the proposed 305-metre 'Tulip' tower after concluding that the scheme "would not constitute the high standard of design required for a tall building in this location".

Campaigners lose legal fight over Oxbridge expressway 'preferred corridor' decision

Campaigners lose legal fight over Oxbridge expressway 'preferred corridor' decision

A bid by campaigners to challenge the Department for Transport's (DfT's) selection of a "preferred corridor" for the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway on environmental impact grounds has been blocked by the High Court after a judge ruled that the scheme's route had not yet reached a stage where formal environmental or habitat assessments were required.

High Court blocks parish council's bid to overturn 400-home permission

High Court blocks parish council's bid to overturn 400-home permission

The High Court has blocked a parish council's bid to overturn permission for 400 homes on the outskirts of a West Sussex village on heritage impact grounds.

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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.