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High Court upholds 760-home approval, despite 'incoherent' planning report

High Court upholds 760-home approval, despite 'incoherent' planning report

Planning consent granted for construction of 760 new homes on farmland near Bridport, Dorset, has been upheld by a High Court judge - even though he ruled that councillors had based their decision on a planning report that failed to "meet the bare minimum standard" for such documents.

Jenrick overturns enforcement notice preventing conversion of London homes into museum for Indian 'national hero'

Jenrick overturns enforcement notice preventing conversion of London homes into museum for Indian 'national hero'

A London borough's enforcement efforts to block the conversion of two homes into a museum dedicated to one of India's 'most revered and important historical figures' has been overturned by the secretary of state.

High Court upholds minister's refusal of 32-storey west London tower on heritage grounds

High Court upholds minister's refusal of 32-storey west London tower on heritage grounds

The High Court has upheld the former housing secretary's refusal - against an inspector's recommendation - for a 32-storey mixed-use tower in west London, ruling that the minister was entitled to reach a different conclusion from the inspector in assessing the scheme's harm to nearby heritage assets, including Kew Gardens.

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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.