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Inspectors reiterate that West of England plan should be withdrawn

Inspectors reiterate that West of England plan should be withdrawn

Inspectors have reiterated their advice that the West of England strategic plan should be withdrawn from examination and said the councils concerned need to "reconsider many fundamental elements" in preparing a new version of the document.

Inspector rejects 'ghetto' charge to approve Bristol student flats

Inspector rejects 'ghetto' charge to approve Bristol student flats

A planning inspector has allowed a 345-bed student block in Bristol, rejecting claims that it would contribute to the creation of a "ghetto" of student accommodation.

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The trouble with England's first joint strategic plan

The trouble with England's first joint strategic plan

A decision by planning inspectors examining a joint strategic plan (JSP) produced by four councils in the west of England could have far-reaching implications for development in the four areas as well as nationally.

How a council's attempt to overturn an inspector's assessment of its housing land supply foundered in court

How a council's attempt to overturn an inspector's assessment of its housing land supply foundered in court

A High Court ruling has dismissed a council's attempt to challenge an aspect of an appeal decision, which found it had an inadequate housing land supply. But a key issue of whether housing oversupply should be taken into account for land supply calculations has been left unresolved, say legal experts.

How neighbourhood plans caused tensions on the English Riviera

How neighbourhood plans caused tensions on the English Riviera

Last month saw Torbay Council simultaneously make three neighbourhood plans, covering its entire area. But the process has led to complaints from the local groups that produced the documents. Colin Marrs reports.

Local Plan Watch: Merged councils begin local plan reviews

Local Plan Watch: Merged councils begin local plan reviews

Council mergers in Dorset, Suffolk and Somerset have sparked work to produce a series of new unified local plans. Local government reorganisation in Dorset earlier this year saw nine councils become two new unitary authorities.


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