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Bristol's new draft local plan allocates 70 sites to meet higher housing target

Bristol's new draft local plan allocates 70 sites to meet higher housing target

Bristol City Council has published a draft local plan setting out the authority's intended approach to meeting a housing target 27 per cent higher than that included in its current development strategy, including the allocation of 70 new sites.

High Court dismisses rival retailer's challenge to Devon edge-of-town store consent

High Court dismisses rival retailer's challenge to Devon edge-of-town store consent

The High Court has backed a council's planning permission for a 2,300 square metre out-of-town centre homeware store in Devon, after a judge dismissed a rival retailer's argument that an impact assessment should have been required solely for the element of the scheme selling convenience goods.

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Local Plan Watch: Dorset councils make local plan progress

Local Plan Watch: Dorset councils make local plan progress

Adoption of Poole Borough Council's local plan this month signals the latest advance in plan preparation in Dorset ahead of impending local government shake-up.

Why progress on a joint spatial plan is proving slower than expected

Why progress on a joint spatial plan is proving slower than expected

Hold-ups on a planning strategy put together by four West Country unitary authorities highlight the difficulties and uncertainties facing joint spatial plans, according to experts.

Why planners need to take notice of duties under equality laws

Why planners need to take notice of duties under equality laws

A key court judgement overturning permission for a regeneration scheme reminds planners to ensure they clearly outline any issues that could impact on groups protected under equality legislation when determining such projects.

Why a pioneering joint spatial plan could point the way for a new generation of strategic plans

Why a pioneering joint spatial plan could point the way for a new generation of strategic plans

The progress of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) will be a key test of a new generation of strategic plans, according to practitioners.


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