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Housing secretary blocks 203-home Milton Keynes scheme for second time

Housing secretary blocks 203-home Milton Keynes scheme for second time

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has dismissed an appeal for 203 homes in the countryside outside of Milton Keynes after a previous secretary of state decision to refuse the plans was overturned by the High Court last year

Council approves 800 homes despite national park landscape impact concerns

Council approves 800 homes despite national park landscape impact concerns

A council has granted permission for 800 homes on land next to a national park, despite planners according "significant weight" to the scheme's negative landscape and visual impacts.

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Local Plan Watch: Sevenoaks gets day in court over inspector's local plan ruling

Local Plan Watch: Sevenoaks gets day in court over inspector's local plan ruling

News that a Kent council has been granted permission to bring a judicial review against a planning inspector's decision to reject its emerging local plan over a failure to meet the duty to cooperate, while a trio of Tory MPs have urged the housing secretary to call in the draft document features in the latest Local Plan Watch update.

Neighbourhood Watch: Jenrick gives emerging neighbourhood plan 'significant weight' to allow 500-home green belt appeal

Neighbourhood Watch: Jenrick gives emerging neighbourhood plan 'significant weight' to allow 500-home green belt appeal

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has allowed an appeal for a 500-home scheme in the Oxfordshire green belt after giving "significant weight" to support for the proposal in an emerging neighbourhood plan.

Local Plan Watch: Hart adopts local plan after boosting housing target

Local Plan Watch: Hart adopts local plan after boosting housing target

A Hampshire council has adopted its local plan after making a series of changes recommended by a planning inspector, including a nine per cent increase to its housing target and dropping a policy supporting a 5,000-home new settlement.

The South East authorities with the highest and lowest approval rates

The South East authorities with the highest and lowest approval rates

Developments of between 100 and 200 units are more likely to gain approval than either smaller or larger schemes, according to latest research into planning decisions in the South East of England.