Planning decision-makers should ensure they have a “really thorough understanding” of heritage assets when handling applications, and an “honest approach” should be taken to assessing the “magnitude of harm” arising from development proposals that affect such assets, a senior member of PINS has said.
The government has acknowledged a contradiction in its planning policy relating to the use of land not allocated in local plans for the construction of discounted homes for first-time buyers, but has not given any timetable for resolving it.
Plans have been refused for the 556-home redevelopment of the former Paddington Green Police Station site in west London, against a recommendation for consent from planners, after members flagged concerns about the 32-storey scheme’s height and its heritage and amenity impacts.
A tendency to push the boundaries, plus political sensitivities and complex procedures, explains the recent finding that applicants in the South East are less successful than elsewhere, say commentators
A planning inspector has allowed an appeal for a 1,300-home urban extension to a Worcestershire town after concluding that, among its benefits, the development would “deliver homes in a district where there is not a five-year supply of housing land by some margin” and would not cause highways safety harm.
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Plans have been approved for a 678-home build-to-rent scheme on a site in Leeds city centre, after planners concluded that an offsite affordable housing contribution of over £3 million was in line with local planning policy and that “slight harm” to the setting of several listed buildings would be outweighed by the scheme’s benefits.
Three councils are trialling two new housing ministry-funded “web apps” aimed at speeding up the householder application process for applicants and planning officers and reducing the number of invalid applications submitted, the government has announced.
The government has urged planning authorities to take a “flexible and proportionate” approach to enforcing planning rules that could limit the spread of “pop-up” commercial campsites over the summer months.
The secretary of state has allowed an appeal for 675 homes on a part-allocated site in Kent and dismissed an inspector’s recommendation for the imposition of planning conditions intended to mitigate climate change, arguing that they were neither “reasonable or necessary”.