Court forces developer to rebuild home to remedy unauthorised works

Court forces developer to rebuild home to remedy unauthorised works

A developer will have to rebuild part of a north London property after a Court of Appeal judge rejected its efforts to overturn a council's enforcement action against its unauthorised works on the building.

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Labour claims frequent developer hospitality shows a "broken" Westminster planning culture

Labour claims frequent developer hospitality shows a "broken" Westminster planning culture

Westminster Labour councillors have said that 514 instances of hospitality recorded by the city council's Conservative former planning chairman over three years indicates a "broken culture" that it would "clean up" if it wins control in the May elections.

Go-ahead for 350 greenfield homes on Stoke-on-Trent fringe

Go-ahead for 350 greenfield homes on Stoke-on-Trent fringe

Outline plans for up to 350 greenfield homes have been agreed in principle on an urban fringe site in Stoke-on-Trent, contrary to a local planning policy which prioritises brownfield sites in the inner urban area.

High Court backs borough-wide Rochdale traveller site injunction

High Court backs borough-wide Rochdale traveller site injunction

The High Court has granted Rochdale Borough Council a borough-wide injunction against unauthorised travellers' camps.

Elected mayors to seek more government brownfield cash

Elected mayors to seek more government brownfield cash

Reports that the elected mayor for the West Midlands is to work with other elected mayors from across England to secure more money from central government to help deliver brownfield housing developments features in today's newspaper round-up.


Why ambitious councils need not fear the standard housing need assessment

Why ambitious councils need not fear the standard housing need assessment

Last month, an inspector told Burnley Borough Council to cut its planned housing provision. According to some commentators, many other northern councils will soon be receiving similar advice, if the government's proposed new standard method of assessing housing need is introduced as planned. But others say that, given the right evidence, councils will still be able to set ambitious housing goals.

How will upgraded standard on natural light affect planning?

How will upgraded standard on natural light affect planning?

Planners will need a thorough understanding of tighter requirements in a new European standard, says Gregory Francis.

Legal Viewpoint: Relief for neighbourhood plans may be temporary

Legal Viewpoint: Relief for neighbourhood plans may be temporary

Last month, the judgment on the High Court challenge to the government's written ministerial statement on neighbourhood planning was handed down.

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Planning is in need of a morale boost, by Graeme Bell

Planning is in need of a morale boost, by Graeme Bell

So the local authority financial settlement for 2018/19 is announced. And unsurprisingly councils continue to be coshed.

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European environmental rules are less of a problem than Johnson suggests, by Richard Garlick

European environmental rules are less of a problem than Johnson suggests, by Richard Garlick

This week, in his much-trailed speech about Brexit, foreign secretary Boris Johnson highlighted planning as an example of a regulatory area that could be improved following the UK's departure from the European Union.

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