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Court rejects bid to overturn adoption of Homes Counties local plan

The High Court has dismissed a challenge to the adoption this year of part of a Surrey council’s local plan.


‘Tory MP accuses Lib Dem council of refusing to work on its local plan’

Reports that a backbench Tory MP has accused his Lib Dem council of “refusing” to work on its new local plan and of a developer submitting plans for an 1,800-home garden village on former green belt land feature in our round-up of news in other media.

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How a court judgment clarifies the relationship between planning gain agreements and applications to vary consents

The High Court has blocked a housebuilder’s bid to avoid delivering a footbridge that was agreed as part of a housing scheme planning permission. Experts say the judgment reminds local authorities to take care when drafting section 106 legal agreements and is a warning to developers not to over-promise.

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How housing need is persuading inspectors to allow green belt homes

An inspector’s approval of 100 homes on green belt land in Surrey indicates the growing importance of housing need in creating the "very special circumstances" required to make such schemes acceptable, say practitioners, as well as the dangers of councils delaying their local plan preparation work.

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Best use of publicly-owned land and/or property in placemaking

WINNER: Weyside Urban Village, submitted by Guildford Borough Council

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Award for mixed use development

WINNER: Circus Street, submitted by U+I