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Somerset man sent to prison for third time over planning breach

Somerset man sent to prison for third time over planning breach

A landowner has been given a 12-month prison sentence for continuing to breach a court order related to an illegally-sited caravan in Somerset, the third time he has been sent to jail for the matter.

West of England joint spatial strategy in doubt as councils line up to withdraw

West of England joint spatial strategy in doubt as councils line up to withdraw

North Somerset Council has voted to withdraw from the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), with two of the three remaining authorities involved in preparing the document lining up to follow suit.

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Neighbourhood Watch: East Devon becomes county's district with most parish plans

Neighbourhood Watch: East Devon becomes county's district with most parish plans

News that a plan for Sidmouth has become the 17th neighbourhood plan to be adopted in a Devon district, making it the county's top area for parish plan coverage, features in our latest neighbourhood planning round-up.

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.


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