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Go-ahead for 765 Somerset homes despite anthrax concerns

Go-ahead for 765 Somerset homes despite anthrax concerns

Plans for up to 765 homes on a greenfield site on the edge of Yeovil have been given the green light by councillors, despite recognition from planners of "great concern amongst the general public" over the possibility of anthrax contamination on the site.

Go-ahead for 1,435-home Bristol scheme at second time of asking

Go-ahead for 1,435-home Bristol scheme at second time of asking

Bristol City Council has granted outline consent for its own application for a 1,435-home mixed-use development on the southern edge of the city, reversing its decision to refuse the scheme earlier this year because of conflict with a neighbourhood plan.

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Local Plan Watch: Newly-merged Dorset council consults on first plan

Local Plan Watch: Newly-merged Dorset council consults on first plan

A recently-formed unitary authority in Dorset has embarked on the first stages of preparing a local plan.

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.


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