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Small sites affordable housing policy upheld

An inspector found good reason to depart from national affordable housing policy and refused permission for the conversion of a care home into six flats in a Sussex city.

Homes consent rescinded over assessment failure

Failure to carry out an appropriate assessment on the impact of a housing scheme on protected heathland in Hampshire has led to the High Court quashing planning approval for the development.

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How strategic arrangements in the Thames estuary could pan out

How strategic arrangements in the Thames estuary could pan out

The government has backed proposals to revive joined-up growth arrangements for the Thames Estuary. But what does it mean for planning in the subregion, Adam Branson asks.

Local Plan Watch: Councils turn to green belt release to meet housing delivery expectations

Local Plan Watch: Councils turn to green belt release to meet housing delivery expectations

Three local authorities with local plans either recently approved or published for consultation have proposed the release of green belt land to accommodate thousands of homes.

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.


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