The High Court has backed a planning inspector’s consideration of the “very special circumstances” necessary to allow inappropriate green belt development in granting permission for a traveller camp, after a judge concluded that the NPPF’s policy on the issue is “guidance” and does not require “a particular mathematical exercise”.
A council’s consent for a new holiday village on green belt at the Legoland resort in Berkshire – against the advice of its officers – has been backed by the Court of Appeal, after judges dismissed objectors’ concerns about the potential impact of the development on veteran trees.
The High Court has quashed a planning inspector’s decision to overturn a council’s enforcement notice against an unlawfully-converted property in south Manchester, after a judge found that his decision did not have the intended “legal effect” of restricting the use to specified commercial purposes.
Norfolk County Council unlawfully took into account the economic benefits of keeping a large business in the county when it should have confined itself to highway matters alone in its consultation response on a proposed roundabout, a High Court judge has ruled.
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”.
Experts say the judgment in the Bramshill Park case will give planning authorities more leeway to interpret when to apply rules preventing development of isolated homes in the countryside.
In a “unique and exceptional case”, the High Court has quashed a six-and-a-half-year-old planning permission which inadvertently opened the way for potentially massive expansion of a caravan park into an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) on the north Devon coast.
A High Court judge has backed the secretary of state’s approval of plans for a 1,210-home urban extension of the Devon town of Newton Abbot, rejecting a parish council’s arguments that the minister should have given more consideration to the impacts on rare bats and on climate change.
A campaign group has said it will push ahead with a legal challenge to South Cambridgeshire Council’s decision to approve plans for a 4,500-home scheme, claiming that the authority failed to follow consultation and report publication rules.
A secretary of state decision to approve plans for a 158-turbine wind farm off the coast of Norfolk has been overturned by a High Court judge who ruled that the minister had failed in his duty to properly assess cumulative impacts from the scheme alongside those of a separate nearby wind farm project.