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High Court upholds 760-home approval, despite 'incoherent' planning report

High Court upholds 760-home approval, despite 'incoherent' planning report

Planning consent granted for construction of 760 new homes on farmland near Bridport, Dorset, has been upheld by a High Court judge - even though he ruled that councillors had based their decision on a planning report that failed to "meet the bare minimum standard" for such documents.

Stonehenge road tunnel survives High Court challenge over survey works

Stonehenge road tunnel survives High Court challenge over survey works

A bid to challenge a minister's permission for survey works to be carried out in relation to plans for a new road tunnel near Stonehenge, on the grounds that a government agency used the wrong legal powers to gain access to the land in question, has been dismissed by a High Court judge.

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What the tribulations of the West of England plan mean for the future of joint strategies

What the tribulations of the West of England plan mean for the future of joint strategies

The withdrawal by local authorities from a four-year exercise in joint strategic planning is a setback for other areas engaging in cross-boundary collaboration, warn some observers. However, others say the demise of the West of England plan may actually provide helpful lessons for similar enterprises elsewhere.

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.


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