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Welsh ministers introduce new PD rights to allow temporary hospitals

Welsh ministers introduce new PD rights to allow temporary hospitals

The Welsh Government has enacted measures to allow local authorities to change the use of buildings or erect temporary structures on their land without planning permission in order to create temporary hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak.

Court of Appeal upholds refusal of 100-home scheme on privately-owned 'open space'

Court of Appeal upholds refusal of 100-home scheme on privately-owned 'open space'

The Court of Appeal has backed an inspector's decision to refuse plans for up to 100 homes on a privately-owned site after concluding that the land was 'open space' and thus protected from development, despite the landowner threatening to restrict public access to it.

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

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.

Why housing land supply in Wales is deteriorating

Why housing land supply in Wales is deteriorating

The supply of readily developable housing land in Wales declined between 2015 and 2016, with nearly four-fifths of local planning authorities last year unable to meet the requirement to demonstrate five years' supply. Emerging data for 2017 shows little improvement.

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

A Swansea regeneration project was one of the first large schemes that had to abide by new Welsh government consultation requirements, John Geoghegan reports.

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

Major energy projects in Wales will soon benefit from a simplification of the planning regime following the devolution of powers from Westminster.


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