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'Nimby nuns turn to prayer to stop housing plan'

'Nimby nuns turn to prayer to stop housing plan'

News of a group of "nimby nuns" who have turned to prayer to stop plans for 80 homes next to their 11th-century abbey features in today's newspaper round-up.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that plans for a 1,210-home mixed-use scheme on a site allocated for development in a Devon council's adopted local plan have been refused, against the advice of planners who said consent for the site was a "high priority in maintaining housing delivery and a suitable level of housing land supply".

Five things you need to know about National Audit Office's planning probe

Five things you need to know about National Audit Office's planning probe

Last week, public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) published a highly critical report into the government's handling of the planning system, concluding that it was "clear the system is not working well". Here are four key findings from the report, plus details on what happens next.

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The upshot of green belt extra care home appeal approval

The upshot of green belt extra care home appeal approval

Practitioners say an appeal decision allowing extra care homes on green belt shows that inspectors will place weight in favour of green belt housing proposals where it can be shown they will meet particular unmet local needs.

The challenges facing the new draft Greater Manchester spatial plan

The challenges facing the new draft Greater Manchester spatial plan

Greater Manchester's long-awaited new city region spatial plan faces a series of formidable hurdles in achieving its aims, say observers.

The policy and legislation changes to expect in 2019

The policy and legislation changes to expect in 2019

This year is set to see further significant changes to the planning system, after a flurry of activity in 2018, says David Dewar.

The top ten minor development appeal decisions in 2018

The top ten minor development appeal decisions in 2018

Several small-scale appeal decisions have attracted widespread attention among subscribers to DCS Ltd's COMPASS online appeals database this year. Here are the ten most frequently downloaded minor and householder development cases in 2018.


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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.

It's time for a hut revolution, by Chris Brown

Regulation can impact the built environment in ways that are largely invisible. For example, most European countries, indeed western countries generally, have a tradition of dachas, baches, huts which are basic recreation accommodation in rural, wooded or coastal locations.

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