Three local authorities have succeeded in getting their five year housing land supplies confirmed by a planning inspector up to 31 October this year, but one council’s bid to do the same was not approved. Here we look at how the inspectors reached their conclusions.
A report that a moving viewing platform designed to carry 42 passengers on a 20-minute ride above Bristol city centre has been approved by councillors against officer advice and despite objections from the government’s heritage watchdog features in today’s media round-up.
Plans for a 51-storey, 667-home tower in Birmingham have been approved for the second time after its original consent was overturned last year because the council failed to include an objection from a conservation campaign group in a report to its planning committee.
The Court of Appeal has overturned a crown court decision to dramatically reduce a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation order sought by a north London council against a landlord from £455,414 to £270, after ruling that a judge was “led into error” by limiting the amount sought to just one day’s worth of benefit from an unlawful flats conversion.
The government has announced its intention to introduce a new form of affordable housing for first-time buyers via exception sites that are not allocated by councils in local plans. Commentators warn that the new policy could raise challenges for local authorities and may impact on provision of other forms of affordable housing on such sites, but there are mixed views about the likely level of developer interest.
Neighbourhood planning groups and other community organisations should ensure they use a mix of online and offline methods when conducting consultation exercises, according to guidance from Locality.
Plans have been submitted for a 1,250-home development on brownfield land in Bexley, south London.
Public and private sector planners and lawyers will examine the long-term planning implications of Covid-19 on the high street at a free webinar next week.
A report that a 100-year-old London pub unlawfully demolished by a developer before a judge ordered the firm to rebuild it ‘brick by brick’ opened its doors yesterday features in today’s newspaper roundup.
The Court of Appeal has refused Sevenoaks Council permission to appeal against a High Court ruling that its local plan failed the duty to cooperate, with a judge describing the authority’s case as “unarguable”.