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High Court dismisses two legal challenges to Southampton airport runway extension

High Court dismisses two legal challenges to Southampton airport runway extension

A stumbling block in the way of Southampton Airport's controversial runway extension plan has been removed after bids by objectors to progress two legal challenges to the project were both rejected by the High Court.

Campaigners tell Appeal Court that PD and use class changes should have been subject to environmental assessment

Campaigners tell Appeal Court that PD and use class changes should have been subject to environmental assessment

The Appeal Court has heard a fresh attempt by campaigners to overturn controversial new permitted development (PD) rights and changes to the Use Classes Order, with the group's legal team arguing that, due to their far-reaching impacts, the changes should have been subject to strategic environmental assessments (SEAs).

Reading Council approves bid to block swathes of new PD rights

Reading Council approves bid to block swathes of new PD rights

Reading Borough Council has approved plans to seek a far-reaching article 4 direction to restrict a range of "damaging" permitted development (PD) rights across the authority's area.

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How developers and planning authorities are responding to town centre transition

How developers and planning authorities are responding to town centre transition

Town centre retail and office vacancies are predicted to rise post-pandemic. Rule changes in August will make conversion easier than ever. How are developers and councils responding?

How new PD rights for commercial and public buildings, ports and statues change the system: the Planning Briefing

How new PD rights for commercial and public buildings, ports and statues change the system: the Planning Briefing

Planners foresee plenty of interest in the new rights, and councils should be prepared for a flurry of applications in August.

How changes to the government's new commercial-to-residential permitted development right are likely to affect its impact

How changes to the government's new commercial-to-residential permitted development right are likely to affect its impact

The government has introduced a number of restrictions to the final version of its controversial new commercial-to-residential permitted development right, including a size limit. While local authorities question whether the concessions would significantly reduce the potential harms caused by the new right, some consultants and lawyers suggest the changes could curtail developer interest.

How We Did It: Finding sites for 3,728 brownfield homes in a small city

How We Did It: Finding sites for 3,728 brownfield homes in a small city

Local market knowledge, historic planning applications, site visits and work with students have helped to find sites for housing in Preston city centre