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Appeal Court dismisses latest bid by 'planning recidivist' to seek approval for unlawful Surrey green belt home

Appeal Court dismisses latest bid by 'planning recidivist' to seek approval for unlawful Surrey green belt home

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the latest bid by a "planning recidivist" at the centre of an almost 20-year dispute to seek approval for her illegally-built home in the Surrey green belt, after the judge concluded that an inspector's reasoning in refusing the plans was "beyond criticism".

Starmer names new shadow communities ministers

Starmer names new shadow communities ministers

Newly-elected Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has announced his new shadow communities team, although it remains unclear who will take on responsibility for planning.

Jenrick allows Gladman housing appeal on greenfield site despite council's five year supply

Jenrick allows Gladman housing appeal on greenfield site despite council's five year supply

The housing secretary has allowed an appeal by land promoter Gladman for 150 homes on a greenfield site in Suffolk, despite the local authority being able to show a five year housing land supply.

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CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.

What to expect in Jenrick's speech on planning system changes today

What to expect in Jenrick's speech on planning system changes today

The chancellor yesterday revealed that housing secretary Robert Jenrick would today set out "comprehensive reforms to bring the planning system into the 21st century". What should we expect?

Seven key factors which differentiate successful unplanned housing appeals from unsuccessful ones

Seven key factors which differentiate successful unplanned housing appeals from unsuccessful ones

We studied appeal decisions for all schemes of 400-plus homes on unallocated greenfield sites since the start of 2016. Below, we highlight the key reasons why some appeals are allowed and others dismissed.

Exclusive research: How councils have regained control of unallocated housing schemes

Exclusive research: How councils have regained control of unallocated housing schemes

The phrase 'tilted balance' used to strike fear into local authorities. It describes the impact of the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework's presumption in favour of sustainable development.


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Can planners tame tourism, by Cliff Hague

The relentless growth of tourism is welcomed by cities' economic development teams, but can have damaging consequences for conservation.

Legal Viewpoint: Fruit farm ruling reinforces message on status of guidance

A recent High Court win for a Herefordshire fruit farmer has served to reinforce the point that planning guidance cannot, in itself, be relied upon as grounds for action - or decision-making on the part of planning committees.

While Britain flounders, China forges ahead, by Cliff Hague

It seems appropriate that my last column of the decade is being written in China. Why? Since 2010 China has added over 150 million urban dwellers: what happens here in the 2020s will impact on the future of the planet.

Hard to gauge the impact of any eventual Brexit on planning and development, by Cliff Hague

With the election in full swing, it remains difficult to know just what form Brexit might take - if indeed it happens. It is even harder to guess what impacts it might have on planning and development.