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Liverpool FC announces Anfield revamp consent will lapse to allow bigger expansion

Liverpool FC announces Anfield revamp consent will lapse to allow bigger expansion

Liverpool Football Club has announced that it will allow a five-year-old planning permission to increase the capacity of one of its Anfield stadium stands to lapse because it wants to submit plans for an even bigger expansion.

Councillors reject business park plan on agricultural land against officer advice

Councillors reject business park plan on agricultural land against officer advice

Councillors in Cumbria have rejected plans for an industrial and business park on a 3.3 hectare agricultural site outside Penrith, despite an officer's recommendation that the application be approved.

Plans approved for Lancashire energy from waste plant

Plans approved for Lancashire energy from waste plant

Plans have been approved for an energy from waste plant in Lancashire, in line with a recommendation from planners who advised that the scheme would provide electricity to power over 60,000 homes.

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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.

Is Wirral Council finally getting serious about plan-making?

Is Wirral Council finally getting serious about plan-making?

Faced with the threat of government intervention, Wirral Council has published its action plan for improving its tardy plan-making. The plan shows no evidence of willingness to review the green belt, and reveals that the council's plan production timetable has slipped again. But it also discloses significant recruitment of officers and advisers, and a pledge to meet housing need as calculated by the government's standard method.


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