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Court orders magistrate to pay £93K for renting out property without planning permission

A court has told a magistrate that he must pay a £77,000 confiscation order plus £16,000 in fines and costs after he pleaded guilty to unlawfully extending two properties, one of which he rented out.


'Magistrate told to pay £93K for illegally extending two homes'

A report on a court ordering a magistrate to demolish two extensions built without planning permission and to pay out a total of £93,000, including the rent collected from the unlawful properties, leads our roundup of news in other media.

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Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey giving his keynote speech at the party conference on Tuesday. Image: Getty

Nine key planning messages from the Liberal Democrat conference (updated)

The Liberal Democrats held their annual conference in Bournemouth this week. Here are nine things that we learned about its approach to planning from the event.

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Housing Land Supply Watch: Inspector finds 4.6-year supply figure amounts to ‘significant’ shortfall in allowing 90-home appeal

An inspector has said that an authority’s 4.6-year housing land supply position amounts to a “significant” shortfall and dismissed a resident’s contention that the authority should have included a number of greenfield homes previously permitted on appeal in its calculation, in allowing a 90-home appeal on a rural site.

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Award for best housing scheme (fewer than 500 homes)

WINNER: Collaton 'A Different Approach', submitted by Pillar Land Securities and Coln Signature Homes

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Award for use of digital technology in planning

WINNER: Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan, submitted by Commonplace; HIGHLY COMMENDED: Trafford Waters Masterplan, submitted by Arcadis

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