Judge rules that Chinese consulate immune from council's injunction bid over security wall planning dispute
Belfast City Council's attempt to prevent a security wall being unlawfully built around the city's Chinese consulate has been thwarted by diplomatic immunity, but a High Court judge has warned the People's Republic that if it breaks the law the government can take the "nuclear option" of shutting the consulate down.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last week published its much-anticipated Planning for the Future white paper outlining far-reaching proposed changes to the planning system.
A story on residents' opposition to a large new warehouse at a Cheshire business park leads today's newspaper round-up.
- Planning Compliance Officer Harborough District Council Market Harborough, Leicestershire
- Assistant Planning Officer - Planning Policy Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Solihull, West Midlands
- Planning Officer/Senior Planning Officer - Planning Policy Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Solihull, West Midlands
- Team Leader – Planning Policy Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Solihull, West Midlands
- Planning Officer Preston City Council Preston
- Planning Development Manager Gloucester City Council Shire Hall, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
- Principal Economic Development officer Hertsmere Borough Council Hertfordshire
- Team Leader (Planning Policy) Wealden District Council Hailsham, East Sussex
- Head of Town Planning Larkfleet Group Bourne, PE10 0FF
- Senior Planning Enforcement Officer Tandridge District Council Oxted, Surrey
New legal guidance on assessing the impact of development on green wedges could make it easier to build between settlements, say experts
The government says it will soon propose changes to the process by which the effect on nature of proposed major developments is spelt out for decision-makers. Earlier findings, increased consistency and nationwide data collection are among the aims. But some commentators fear potential reductions in environmental protection.
What the new permitted development right allowing homes to be extended upwards means for councils and applicants
Uptake of a new permitted development right allowing homes to be extended upwards is likely to be restricted due to the complexity of the prior approval process and the limited number of properties eligible for such development, practitioners predict. But councils are concerned about the potentially harmful impact on design quality and planning team resources.
The government's shake-up of high street use classes will be "transformational", commentators agree, but some warn of unintended consequences that could threaten the town centres the changes are seeking to protect.
We were planning. A reunion that is. Fifty years on from our graduation from the Leeds School of Town Planning, it was to be unfamiliar faces in familiar places.
Why financial, political and placemaking realities mean council mergers are about to increase, by Catriona Riddell
Councils in Surrey recently announced that they were aiming to move from the current two-tier structure with eleven districts and one county council to unitary status, possibly one council, possibly two – that bit is still up for debate.
A long-running case recently concluded in the Supreme Court answers two important questions relating to listed buildings. First, can an appeal inspector consider whether something on the statutory list is a “building” and hence capable of being listed at all? Second, what test should be applied if so?
As we tentatively take steps towards easing the lockdown and returning to normality, there has been quite a lot of talk about using that return as an opportunity for more radical changes to the planning system.
Planning's cartoonist casts his eye over the month's news....
“Jenrick’s made our job harder,” said Dave. “Those that think planning is rigged, that councillors are on the make, now have the top man sending all the wrong messages. He has to go.”