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High Court overturns Co-Op store consent due to 'misleading' officer's report

High Court overturns Co-Op store consent due to 'misleading' officer's report

Planning permission for a new Co-Op convenience store in a Hertfordshire village has been overturned by the High Court after a judge ruled that an officer's report failed to take account of the impact of the proposal on the settlement's existing post office and was therefore 'materially misleading'.

Planning system 'getting in the way of thriving high streets', says minister

Planning system 'getting in the way of thriving high streets', says minister

The local growth minister has said he wants the planning system to "move out of the way" to allow town centres to thrive, adding that he wants to see a situation where a mortgage shop can close on a Friday and a nail bar "can open again on Saturday morning".

MPs call on changes to planning policy to address climate change impacts

MPs call on changes to planning policy to address climate change impacts

The government should update the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to better protect human health from climate change and should review how effectively planning rules restricting the proliferation of fast food outlets are working, a Parliamentary committee report has said.

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How new permitted development rights for shops and takeaways will affect councils' town centre management

How new permitted development rights for shops and takeaways will affect councils' town centre management

New regulations on permitted development rights aiming to revive town centres reveal a more rigorous prior approval process than initially envisaged, say observers.

Five implications of the government's proposed PD right changes

Five implications of the government's proposed PD right changes

The proposed rights would be complicated for applicants to use, prompt councils to incur heavy costs and compromise design standards, say respondents to the government consultation.

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

Proposals for a new use class merging shops, financial services and restaurants could mean local authority planners losing control over town centre development, observers fear.

What the planned high street deregulation would allow developers to do without a planning application

What the planned high street deregulation would allow developers to do without a planning application

Proposals to ease the path for upward extensions of buildings and high street changes of use may not produce the intended results, commentators have warned.