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‘Court orders council to adopt local plan’

A report that a judge has instructed a county council to adopt a local plan it has twice refused to adopt, to the chagrin of developers, leads our round-up of news in other media.


‘Developer blames "death grip" of green belt policy for minister's refusal of data centre plan’

News that a developer has blamed the “death grip” of green belt policy for a ministerial refusal of his data centre scheme while plans for a 2,500-home city centre development have been approved feature in today’s news round-up.

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How the Supreme Court has made it harder for developers to modify consents for large schemes

A Supreme Court judgment on the validity of a 50-year-old permission for a housing estate will make it much more difficult for applicants to obtain “drop-in applications” seeking changes to aspects of multi-phased strategic developments, say legal experts. The ruling could even hold up the delivery of such large schemes, they suggest, with implications for councils’ housing land supplies.

The A303 near Stonehenge - image: geograph / Peter Trimming (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Six government infrastructure decisions promised this autumn

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

How the courts have curbed developers' scope to alter permissions

A recently-won flexibility for applicants to alter planning permissions without making a fresh application has been severely restricted by the latest Appeal Court ruling, say commentators.

Is it about to get harder for local planning authorities to plan for more housing growth?

Observers are concerned that in some areas the combination of falling population projections and the outputs of the government's proposals standard formula for assessing housing need could assist those authorities that want to reduce their housing targets.

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