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Appeal Court backs refusal of Gladman's 330-home Kent scheme over air quality concerns

Appeal Court backs refusal of Gladman's 330-home Kent scheme over air quality concerns

The Court of Appeal has confirmed a High Court ruling that a 330-home scheme, submitted by land promoter Gladman for countryside in Kent, was rightly refused at appeal in light of the UK's failure to meet the requirements of EU air quality standards.

Local Plan Watch: New Forest National Park plan found sound

Local Plan Watch: New Forest National Park plan found sound

The New Forest National Park Authority has become one of the few authorities of its kind to have an up-to-date local plan pass examination.

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How a court ruling on prior approval timescales puts pressure on decision-makers

How a court ruling on prior approval timescales puts pressure on decision-makers

A High Court ruling that councils do not have the power to extend prior approval decision deadlines is likely to see authorities put under pressure to determine such matters in a timely fashion, say observers.

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

A Berkshire council's attempt to secure the backing of local residents to depart from the government's standard housing need method in its new local plan is unlikely to cut any ice with planning inspectors, say observers.

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.


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