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Judge overturns secretary of state's 'muddled' 1,200-home refusal

Judge overturns secretary of state's 'muddled' 1,200-home refusal

A High Court judge has overturned the former housing secretary's decision to refuse plans for a 1,200-home scheme in Cheshire, after ruling that the minister's focus on the deliverability of the scheme in reaching his conclusion was "something of a muddle".

Plans submitted for 730 Merseyside homes on greenfield site

Plans submitted for 730 Merseyside homes on greenfield site

Plans have been submitted for up to 730 homes on an 80-hectare greenfield site near the town of Halewood in Merseyside.

Fresh delay to Greater Manchester Spatial Framework announced

Fresh delay to Greater Manchester Spatial Framework announced

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has announced a fresh delay in the production of a new spatial framework for the city region, with consultation on a final draft of the document pushed back by about a year.

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How we did it: Reviving a rundown city centre market

How we did it: Reviving a rundown city centre market

Extensive consultation with traders and imaginative design was key to the regeneration of Preston's dilapidated central market, writes Colin Marrs.

How we did it: Involving lots of locals in Lakes plan-making

How we did it: Involving lots of locals in Lakes plan-making

Seven per cent of Lake District residents responded to the park authority's draft local plan. Colin Marrs finds out why.

The lessons to be learned from the quashing of a mistaken consent

The lessons to be learned from the quashing of a mistaken consent

A damning Appeal Court verdict on a council that mistakenly issued a permission without any of the agreed conditions attached and then tried to "disguise" the error shows the risks of authorities not paying close attention to the decision notices they issue, say experts.

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.