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540-home 12-storey mixed-use scheme approved in Reading town centre

540-home 12-storey mixed-use scheme approved in Reading town centre

A major mixed-use development including 538 homes and two 12-storey tower blocks has been approved for a key site in Reading town centre, despite the proposal falling short of local affordable housing requirements.

South Oxfordshire ducks local plan withdrawal decision after £218m infrastructure cash warning

South Oxfordshire ducks local plan withdrawal decision after £218m infrastructure cash warning

South Oxfordshire Council's recently-elected administration has shied away from withdrawing its local plan from examination after being warned by a county council leader that doing so could threaten £218 million of central government infrastructure funding for a proposed garden town.

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Why a court ruling may make it harder for developers to use the NPPF's 'tilted balance' to win consent

Why a court ruling may make it harder for developers to use the NPPF's 'tilted balance' to win consent

A court ruling that last week quashed a secretary of state housing permission may make it harder for applicants to cite the National Planning Policy Framework's 'tilted balance' in favour of development, say some legal advisers. But other experts disagree.

How we used a neighbourhood plan to make schemes deliver net green benefits

How we used a neighbourhood plan to make schemes deliver net green benefits

Pioneering environmental approaches are at the heart of a plan for Lewes in the South Downs National Park, writes Colin Marrs.

Why decision-makers must now heed overturned consents

Why decision-makers must now heed overturned consents

A High Court ruling overturning consent for a stadium for the second time means decision-makers must now take account of previously-quashed consents in their subsequent determinations, say legal experts.

Why the government's housing deals programme may be in trouble

Why the government's housing deals programme may be in trouble

Last year, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published deals between central government and four parts of the country, in which funding was promised in return for higher rates of housing delivery. But one of the deals has been scrapped, one has been delayed and another now faces an uncertain future.


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