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Judge rejects valued landscape objection in backing appeal consent for 'unauthorised' caravan site

Judge rejects valued landscape objection in backing appeal consent for 'unauthorised' caravan site

An appeal consent for an East Hertfordshire caravan site, occupied over a bank holiday weekend without planning permission, has been upheld after a High Court judge found that the location was not a valued landscape and the development complied with local policies.

Government to begin designation process for new national parks and AONBs next year

Government to begin designation process for new national parks and AONBs next year

The government has revealed that it will begin the formal designation process to create new national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) next year.

Campaigners mull legal challenge after minister's Stonehenge tunnel consent against inspectors' advice

Campaigners mull legal challenge after minister's Stonehenge tunnel consent against inspectors' advice

Campaigners say they are "taking legal advice" after the transport secretary approved plans for a controversial road tunnel through the Stonehenge world heritage site (WHS) against a recommendation for refusal from planning inspectors who advised that the scheme's "substantial harm" to the prehistoric monument could not be justified.

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Why the courts may have opened the door to building on green wedges

Why the courts may have opened the door to building on green wedges

New legal guidance on assessing the impact of development on green wedges could make it easier to build between settlements, say experts

Why a Supreme Court ruling is likely to reduce the range of heritage items that can be listed

Why a Supreme Court ruling is likely to reduce the range of heritage items that can be listed

A Supreme Court judgment on a pair of listed urns calls into question whether some heritage items on statutory lists can actually be categorised as 'buildings' and are therefore eligible for inclusion. Experts say the ruling means that some currently-listed items may therefore be potentially vulnerable to removal.

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.