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West of England's first joint spatial plan ups housing numbers by 70%

West of England's first joint spatial plan ups housing numbers by 70%

Proposals for the delivery of 105,500 homes up to 2036 - 44,000 more than currently proposed in existing local plans for the area - are included in the first draft joint spatial plan for the West of England, submitted last week for examination.

Javid approves 180-home Gloucestershire scheme

Javid approves 180-home Gloucestershire scheme

The communities secretary has granted planning approval for a 180-home development in Gloucestershire, after concluding that its adverse impact on the landscape would not outweigh its housing and other benefits.

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How we did it: Winning consent for an 'exceptional' home

How we did it: Winning consent for an 'exceptional' home

Plans for an eco home in Devon had to pass a tough test on exceptional design quality, says David Dewar.

How pledges to carry out early reviews are aiding plan progress

How pledges to carry out early reviews are aiding plan progress

An inspector's decision to endorse a joint plan covering three Gloucestershire districts with heavy caveats furthers a trend of pragmatic decisions designed to help get plans in place, according to experts.

Why a revision of an urban extension's design code has sparked a row

Why a revision of an urban extension's design code has sparked a row

A row has broken out after housebuilders successfully revised the design code for a 5,500-home development in Devon. But how often do developers of schemes seek to amend agreed design standards?

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

News that an inspector has thrown out an attempt to remove a condition preventing two new homes in a Cornish holiday resort from being occupied as second homes or used for holiday accommodation features in the latest instalment of Neighbourhood Watch.


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