CIL Watch: County council ‘considers legal action over districts’ failure to allocate CIL funds’
Reports that a county council is considering legal action to force its local district authorities to better distribute community infrastructure fund (CIL) money features in this month’s CIL Watch.
Ten things you need to know that happened this week
A round-up of the most important news developments this week, including government promises to give councils new “flexibilities” in applying housing need numbers derived from its standard method.
What a quashed housing approval tells us about how decision-makers should assess heritage harm
A recent court ruling that overturned an inspector’s decision to allow a controversial build-to-rent development in Newcastle indicates the importance of planning decision-makers rigorously following Historic England guidance on how best to assess heritage harm, say experts.
Why planning enforcement services have collapsed in many local authorities
A new RTPI study paints a bleak picture of the poor state of planning enforcement services across English local authorities. Practitioners say recruitment and resourcing are key problems and the situation could have serious consequences for the credibility of the planning system as a whole.
Folkestone & Hythe District Council - CIL draft charging schedule published
Folkestone & Hythe District Council published its Community Infrastructure Levy draft charging schedule for consultation on 22 August 2022.
Gove approves Cumbrian coal mine after finding likely carbon emissions ‘not significant’.
Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has approved long-awaited plans for the first new UK coal mine in 30 years after concluding that its economic benefits outweighed its “unacceptable environmental impact”, while likely carbon emissions from the project were “not significant”.
‘Approving coal mine is a crime against humanity, says Green MP’
Claims by a Green MP that a new coal mine approved yesterday by the government will have the carbon emissions of three cities leads our round-up of today’s news in other media
Sustainable transport and landscape character concerns rule out residential development
An appeal has been dismissed for up to 97 dwellings, public open space, landscaping and associated infrastructure on a countryside site in eastern England, as judged to be inappropriate with regard to access to regularly required services and its effects on the character and appearance of the area.
Architectural treatment prevents re-development scheme
The demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment for 61 retirement living accommodation on a town seafront conservation area in eastern England has been rejected due to its detrimental impact on a seafront conservation area.
Hospital car park benefits outweigh heritage harm
An appeal has been allowed for a multi-storey car park on a hospital site in Surrey, due to the inspector considering that the public benefits outweighed the heritage harm.
Policy conflict leads to rejection of dwellings
The erection of 221 dwellings has been dismissed on a countryside site in eastern England, as in clear conflict with adopted development plan policies.
Wedding venue unjustified in green belt
An appeal has been dismissed for the demolition of existing golf club buildings and construction of a single and two storey building for a banqueting facility, on a site within the green belt in a London borough. The proposal was found to conflict with green belt policies within the National Planning Policy Framework as well as policies of the development plan.
Environmental and health impacts judged acceptable for treatment facility
The construction and operation of an high temperature thermal treatment facility for clinical and hazardous wastes has been allowed on a business park in the north-east of England despite concerns about the impact on nearby business uses.
Reaction blog: Government changes to council housing requirements in response to bill rebellion
Earlier this week, the government announced a series of changes allowing councils greater leeway in meeting their local housing requirements, in response to attempted amendments to its flagship Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill by rebel Tory MPs. Below we detail reaction from the planning, development and local government sectors.
Turley announces three new directors among senior promotions
Planning and development consultancy Turley has announced three new directors among a series of senior promotions as well as the appointment of a planner as an advisor on diversity issues.
Planning consultancy announces the appointment of new managing director
A planning consultancy has announced the appointment of a new managing director following the stepping down of the long-serving previous incumbent.
Government moratorium on onshore wind farms ‘set to be lifted’
A report that ministers are preparing to allow onshore wind farm development under certain circumstances leads our round-up of today’s planning news in other media
Government promises ‘strengthened’ green belt protections and penalties for ‘slow’ developers
The government has promised to “strengthen” green belt protections, give councils “power to promote brownfield development” and will consider new penalties for “slow developers failing to build already-approved homes”, as part of a series of changes to its Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill.
Councils will be able to consider local character when meeting housing requirements, government announces
The government has promised to introduce “new flexibilities to reflect local circumstances” in the way that councils meet Whitehall-set “housing targets”, including taking account of an area’s character and “local density”, via changes to its flagship Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill.
High Court upholds estate regeneration consent that would destroy four mature trees
A decision to redevelop part of a south London housing estate - which would lead to the loss of four mature trees - has been endorsed by the High Court.