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Council asks Whitehall for ‘planning control’ over creation of second homes and holiday lets

Council asks Whitehall for ‘planning control’ over creation of second homes and holiday lets

Cornwall Council is seeking new powers from central government to allow it to require some “planning control” over the conversion of sole residence homes into second homes or holiday lets, as part of a package of measures to tackle “the unprecedented pressure on housing” in the county.

Council consultation on post-Covid road closure unlawfully cut short, judge rules

Council consultation on post-Covid road closure unlawfully cut short, judge rules

A council has been ordered to re-run a consultation on whether to make permanent a temporary road closure introduced following the Covid-19 pandemic, after a High Court judge ruled that it had been unlawfully cut short.

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The authorities that are using planning powers to cut carbon emissions

The authorities that are using planning powers to cut carbon emissions

A growing number of councils are setting pioneering low-carbon planning policies. We highlight three local authority planners whose authorities are pushing the envelope

How councils are neutralising the water pollution said to have blocked development of 30,000 homes

How councils are neutralising the water pollution said to have blocked development of 30,000 homes

Three planning authorities explain how they are cancelling out excess nutrients in the water to allow development to continue

Six government infrastructure decisions promised this autumn

Six government infrastructure decisions promised this autumn

Due dates for government decisions on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects before 31.12.20

Five legal verdicts to look out for this autumn

Five legal verdicts to look out for this autumn

Cases due before the courts October-November 2020. Hearing dates may be subject to change.


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