A council has approved one of the UK’s largest film and TV production studios on a former green belt site in Hertfordshire, after officers advised that it would deliver “high quality” employment and training opportunities and £20 million in planning gain payments.
Plans for a 15 megawatt (MW) solar farm on almost 24 hectares (ha) of green belt land have been unanimously approved by a council planning committee, after officers advised that its contribution to renewable energy generation targets helped constitute the “very special circumstances” needed to justify the development.
Plans have been approved for up to 850 homes on a greenfield site in Nottinghamshire, despite the proposal failing to fully meet the council’s local plan site allocation policy.
The success of the levelling up bill’s proposed changes to the way applicants can alter existing permissions is likely to hinge on the interpretation of the phrase “substantially different”, practitioners have suggested.
TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been acting like “a classic bully” in picking on local authority planning officers, says the chairman of the body that represents them.
A government agency faces a £450,000 bill to unblock a bridge it had filled with concrete, after being denied retrospective planning permission for the work.
A council has granted planning permission for a 345,500 square metre logistics and industrial scheme on the site of a former oil refinery by the Thames.
Plans have been submitted for up to 3,750 homes on an unallocated part-green belt site in Bedfordshire, with the applicants arguing that the council’s 2021 local plan does “not make adequate provision” to meet local housing need.
A landowner has submitted plans for up to 788 homes on seven green belt sites in Merseyside, despite the local council’s emerging development plan proposing “no green belt release”.
A county council’s plans for a 1,700-home mixed-use scheme on a greenfield site have been approved over four years after the application was submitted, after officers advised that any adverse impacts could be mitigated.