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PINS announces 35 digital events to be held next month

PINS announces 35 digital events to be held next month

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has announced it is planning to hold "at least" 35 virtual hearings, inquiries and examinations in June as it "scales up" its capacity to process more cases.

Family 'battling plans to open quarry near home based on 60-year-old permission'

Family 'battling plans to open quarry near home based on 60-year-old permission'

Reports on plans to open a quarry based on a 1950s planning permission and opposition by some environmental groups to yesterday's consent for 'Britain’s largest solar farm' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Business secretary grants permission for UK's largest solar farm in Kent

Business secretary grants permission for UK's largest solar farm in Kent

Business secretary Alok Sharma has granted consent for the UK’s largest solar farm in Kent, the first such project to be determined under the streamlined planning regime for major infrastructure, after placing "substantial weight" on its contribution to renewable energy generation.

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Appeals for 5+ homes per year

Our list of the number of appeals determined between 2017 and 2020.

Number of housing appeals (5+ units) in England by region 2017-20

Our map of the number of housing appeals of five or more units in England between 2017 and 2020.

Councils with the highest proportion of appeals for 5+ houses allowed 2017-20

Our list of the councils that have had the highest proportion of appeals allowed for housing schemes of five or more homes determined between 2017 and 2020.

Councils with the lowest proportion of appeals for 5+ houses allowed 2017-20

Our list of the councils that have had the lowest proportion of appeals allowed for housing schemes of five or more homes determined between 2017 and 2020.


Latest Comment

Covid-19 experience provides plan-makers with opportunity to improve engagement, by Catriona Riddell

One of the positive bi-products of our Covid-19 experience has been getting to know our neighbours and wider communities better, something that has been helped enormously by the use of digital technology.

Legal Viewpoint: Lessons all round from court ruling on path diversion order

A recent High Court decision on a case from Oxfordshire considered the relevant factors to be taken into account by councils when determining whether to exercise their power to make a public path diversion order (PPO). The decision raises points for councils, vendors, purchasers and owners of adjacent land.

Another View, by Old

Planning's cartoonist casts his eye over the month's news....

It's too soon to declare a virtual future for planning decision-making, by Richard Garlick

The Covid-19 lockdown has forced the government to initiate a massive experiment in digital planning. Procedures that have always relied on physical methods of communication are now being handled online.

Why curbs on cars may not survive the pandemic, by Cliff Hague

Since, broadly speaking, the distant consequences of actions are more uncertain than the immediate consequences, it is seldom justifiable to embark on any policy on the ground that, though harmful in the present, it will be beneficial in the long run.”

Let's follow climate experts' scientific advice as well, by Graeme Bell

In early March my wife and I were in Galicia touring the paradors, the heritage hotel chain run by the state.