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Plans approved for 54-hectare logistics park in Wigan green belt

Plans approved for 54-hectare logistics park in Wigan green belt

Councillors have approved a hybrid planning application for a 106,000 square metre logistics hub on green belt land near Wigan after agreeing with planners that the scheme's economic benefits met the "very special circumstances" test needed to justify the development.

Wirral axes local plan green belt releases in favour of brownfield push

Wirral axes local plan green belt releases in favour of brownfield push

A Merseyside council whose local plan preparation progress is under Whitehall scrutiny has published a new draft strategy that scraps previous proposals to release 48 green belt sites and instead aims to focus new housing development on brownfield land.

Local Plan Watch: Spatial framework delays prompt Salford to split plan in two

Local Plan Watch: Spatial framework delays prompt Salford to split plan in two

Salford City Council is to split its emerging local plan in two in an attempt to maintain progress on the document as wrangling continues over the future of the overarching Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF).

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How we did it: Producing a joint plan for a protected landscape

How we did it: Producing a joint plan for a protected landscape

How two councils drew up the first jointly produced plan for an area of outstanding natural beauty. By Colin Marrs.

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.