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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".

Sussex council calls for government to relax five year local plan review requirement in light of coronavirus

Sussex council calls for government to relax five year local plan review requirement in light of coronavirus

A Sussex council has called on the government to lift its requirement for local plans to be reviewed every five years to take into account the challenges being faced by local authorities during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

Plans for up to 200 homes on the outskirts of a village near Milton Keynes have been rejected at appeal by an inspector who cited the scheme's conflict with a neighbourhood plan.

Local Plan Watch: Sussex council delays local plan submission after MHCLG rebuffs 'extension' request

Local Plan Watch: Sussex council delays local plan submission after MHCLG rebuffs 'extension' request

Chichester District Council is to delay submission of its new draft local plan for examination after discussions with the government about a series of "very complex issues" it has to deal with in the strategy.

Why South Oxfordshire Council will struggle to meet a government deadline to adopt its local plan

Why South Oxfordshire Council will struggle to meet a government deadline to adopt its local plan

The housing secretary recently announced a nine-month deadline for South Oxfordshire Council to adopt its troubled local plan. Observers say the authority will struggle to meet this requirement, while the move also indicates ministers' reluctance to fully intervene in local plan production.

How the ruling rejecting Heathrow expansion will affect other projects and policies

How the ruling rejecting Heathrow expansion will affect other projects and policies

Experts predict that last week's landmark Court of Appeal ruling on Heathrow expansion will have wide-ranging consequences for how climate change is treated by the planning system and potentially puts a series of projects and policy documents at risk.