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Sainsbury's accuses council planning officer of 'doctoring' store extension plans

Sainsbury's accuses council planning officer of 'doctoring' store extension plans

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has claimed a planning officer "doctored" drawings submitted as part of an application to extend one of its stores.

Spring Statement: Brokenshire confirms introduction of town centre PD right changes

Spring Statement: Brokenshire confirms introduction of town centre PD right changes

The government will bring forward most of its controversial package of new permitted development (PD) rights and use class flexibilities that aim to boost ailing high streets, but it is still considering proposals to allow office demolition for new homes, housing secretary James Brokenshire announced this afternoon.

Spring Statement: Government to adopt biodiversity net gain policy

Spring Statement: Government to adopt biodiversity net gain policy

Developers in England will be required to show that projects have a positive impact on biodiversity to secure planning permission, the government has confirmed.

New set of guidance updates allow councils to pool CIL receipts across boundaries

New set of guidance updates allow councils to pool CIL receipts across boundaries

Measures allowing groups of charging authorities to pool their community infrastructure levies (CIL) for "strategic infrastructure projects that have cross-boundary benefits" are among a series of changes that have been introduced in revised Planning Practice Guidance (PPG).

Cheshire town's neighbourhood plan rejected at referendum by just 22 votes

Cheshire town's neighbourhood plan rejected at referendum by just 22 votes

A neighbourhood plan covering the town of Middlewich in Cheshire has been refused at referendum on a margin of just 22 votes, becoming only the third such plan in the country to be defeated at the polls.

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