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Supreme Court ruling 'could mean village green designations are removed'

Supreme Court ruling 'could mean village green designations are removed'

Existing registrations of town and village greens on publicly-owned land could be removed where such registrations conflict with the site's "statutory purposes" following an important Supreme Court ruling today, according to legal experts.

503-home mixed-use scheme among clutch of Liverpool consents

503-home mixed-use scheme among clutch of Liverpool consents

A mixed-use development of up to 503 homes including a 19-storey tower was among a clutch of planning permissions for hundreds of new homes approved in Liverpool this week.

The 20 councils that we predict will have the highest housing delivery rates under the 2019 test

The 20 councils that we predict will have the highest housing delivery rates under the 2019 test

Cheshire West and Chester, Vale of White Horse and Cambridge councils are the authorities that look likely to have the highest rates of new homes provision under the 2019 housing delivery test, according to research by Planning.

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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.