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Plans submitted for 930 homes as part of Devon new town

Plans submitted for 930 homes as part of Devon new town

Plans have been submitted for up to 930 homes as part of the development of a new settlement in Devon.

Inspector blocks 370 Gloucestershire homes over heritage impacts

Inspector blocks 370 Gloucestershire homes over heritage impacts

Permission for 370 homes in the open countryside near Thornbury in Gloucestershire has been refused by an inspector who ruled that likely harm to nearby listed buildings put the development at odds with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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CIL Watch: South West drives levy uptake

CIL Watch: South West drives levy uptake

Local authorities in the South West accounted for more than half of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedules adopted last year, according to figures recorded by Planning.

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.


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