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Inspector blocks 370 Gloucestershire homes over heritage impacts

Inspector blocks 370 Gloucestershire homes over heritage impacts

Permission for 370 homes in the open countryside near Thornbury in Gloucestershire has been refused by an inspector who ruled that likely harm to nearby listed buildings put the development at odds with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Judge overturns 30-home approval due to inspector's EU habitats regulation breach 'error'

Judge overturns 30-home approval due to inspector's EU habitats regulation breach 'error'

A judge has overturned a planning inspector's approval of a 30-home scheme in Hampshire after ruling that 'an error of law' made by the inspector in relation to EU habitats regulations had potentially distorted the planning balance in favour of the development.

Judge backs 800-home Kent approval despite EU habitats regulations breach

Judge backs 800-home Kent approval despite EU habitats regulations breach

Plans for 800 homes on farmland near Herne Bay in Kent have won the backing of a High Court judge despite recognition that the secretary of state had breached European law habitats and species regulations when granting consent for the scheme.

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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.