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Milton Keynes formally adopts 26,500-home local plan

Milton Keynes formally adopts 26,500-home local plan

Milton Keynes Council has formally adopted its local plan, which proposes the delivery of 26,500 new homes up to 2031.

Nursery backed by Prime Minister wins green belt appeal due to 'very special circumstances'

Nursery backed by Prime Minister wins green belt appeal due to 'very special circumstances'

A Berkshire horticultural nursery whose long-running planning battle attracted the support of Prime Minister Theresa May has won permission on appeal for a temporary sales area in the green belt after an inspector found very special circumstances - including its popularity with customers - to justify the development.

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Why local plans can trigger civil war among council ruling parties

Why local plans can trigger civil war among council ruling parties

Last month, six South Oxfordshire Tory councillors were expelled or suspended after voting against their emerging local plan. How common are such splits, Mark Wilding asks.

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.

How the Oxbridge corridor new settlement proposals are likely to progress

How the Oxbridge corridor new settlement proposals are likely to progress

How much appetite is there among local authorities to support the government's goal of creating new settlements in the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor, Stuart Watson asks.

How growth corridor road route could impact on planning

How growth corridor road route could impact on planning

Government proposals for a transport corridor between Oxford and Cambridge are causing uncertainty as to how they should be factored into local planning strategies.


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