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14-storey office tower approved in Newcastle despite Historic England concerns

14-storey office tower approved in Newcastle despite Historic England concerns

Newcastle councillors have approved plans for a 14-storey city centre office building despite heritage concerns raised by Historic England, after officers advised that the proposal's public benefits outweighed the potential harm to nearby listed buildings.

Judge rules that illegal conservation area demolition outweighed by potential future use of site

Judge rules that illegal conservation area demolition outweighed by potential future use of site

A council order requiring complete reconstruction of three illegally demolished Victorian cottages in the heart of London's docklands has been overturned by the High Court after a judge agreed with an inspector that the loss of the buildings would be outweighed by the potential use of the "prime" site for new homes.

Government details plans to lift planning restrictions on mobile network infrastructure

Government details plans to lift planning restrictions on mobile network infrastructure

Mobile network operators could be allowed to install radio equipment and extend masts without prior approval or planning permission, under proposals put out for consultation today.

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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.