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12 significant court rulings from the first quarter of 2019

12 significant court rulings from the first quarter of 2019

It's been a busy year for the courts on planning cases, with around three dozen judgments issued so far that shed light on interpretation of a range of planning policy and practice issues. Here are 12 significant rulings from the first quarter of 2019.

Developer 'cuts down forest before securing planning consent'

Developer 'cuts down forest before securing planning consent'

Reports that a developer has "cut down a forest before even applying for permission to build nine houses on the land" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Sir James Dyson 'facing opposition over airport expansion plan'

Sir James Dyson 'facing opposition over airport expansion plan'

Reports that Sir James Dyson, the billionaire inventor, "is facing opposition from neighbours over his proposal to extend the runway on the former RAF airfield he owns in Wiltshire" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

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Policy summary: New edition of Wales' overarching planning policies

Policy summary: New edition of Wales' overarching planning policies

Policy: Planning Policy Wales - Edition 10.

How the need to show biodiversity benefit to get permission affects you

How the need to show biodiversity benefit to get permission affects you

The government has confirmed it will push ahead with plans for a new biodiversity net gain policy. But observers warn that the move could place extra burdens on both councils and developers.

Policy Summary: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' Clean Air Strategy 2019

Policy Summary: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' Clean Air Strategy 2019

POLICY: Clean Air Strategy 2019.

Ten circumstances 'special' enough to justify green belt development

Ten circumstances 'special' enough to justify green belt development

What are the most common reasons for "very special circumstances" given by planning inspectors when allowing green belt development at appeal, asks Stuart Watson.


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Planners need youthful input, by Cliff Hague

The recent international strikes by school students in protest at government inaction on climate change should reinvigorate jaded planners.

Legal Viewpoint: Causes for concern raised by draft environment bill

Beware collateral impacts for the planning system arising from a draft bill published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) just before Christmas.

Strategic planning has been key to Chinese economic development, by Cliff Hague

Governments in the UK have fretted for four decades about ways to deregulate planning so as to speed development and economic growth. If they had looked through the other end of the telescope, and asked how they could strengthen the planning system to deliver growth, the results would have been more impressive.

Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Delays in decision-making on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) used to be an exceptional circumstance. Only one of the first 42 decisions missed the three month decision deadline. But suddenly they are becoming commonplace.

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