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‘Council spent £200,000 to tackle its planning applications backlog’

A report that a council used contractors to tackle hundreds of outstanding applications leads our round-up of today’s news in other media

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Supreme Court to consider whether 50-year-old national park housing consent is still lawful

The Supreme Court will next week tackle the question of whether planning permission granted more than 50 years ago for a 401-home housing estate in the heart of a national park can still be lawfully implemented.

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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.

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.


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