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High Court overturns inspector's 'irrational' 100-home refusal

High Court overturns inspector's 'irrational' 100-home refusal

A developer has successfully overturned a planning inspector's decision to refuse its plans for a 100-home development in a former quarry, after a High Court judge concluded that elements of the inspector's decision were "irrational" and "illogical".

High Court backs conversion of Evelyn Waugh pub into new homes

High Court backs conversion of Evelyn Waugh pub into new homes

A High Court judge has rejected a legal challenge against a council's decision to grant planning permission for the conversion of a pub into a house and 24 flats, dismissing claims that members had misinterpreted a local planning policy aiming to protect community facilities.

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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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