Planning cases

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Neighbourhood plan trumps sprawl

Eric Pickles has overturned plans for 350 greenfield homes in Wiltshire, confirming a recent swing away from giving housing land supplies primacy to prioritizing conflicts with emerging neighbourhood plans.
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Government spins brownfield figures

The Government has used some pre-NPPF statistics for brownfield land availability to claim it is prioritizing brownfield land for housing development.
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New proposals for Phoenix 10

Walsall Council and the HCA are seeking a partner to remediate and redevelop the former IMI copper works and adjacent waste tip.
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Garden cities, suburbs and brownfield call

Garden city enthusiasts have persuaded 22 figures from the world of politics and development to write to three political parties calling on them to support comprehensive brownfield development in cities, together with greenfield suburbs and garden cities, despite the way the commercial appeal of the latter undermines the economic case for the former.
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Regeneration central to challenging poverty

Welsh minister Lesley Griffiths says urban regeneration supports the aim of tackling poverty.
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lockedInvasive plant populations growing

A major review of UK performance against Global Strategy for Plant Conservation objectives finds we are still failing to protect wild plant diversity and many invasive non-native species are not only increasing, but still on sale by the horticultural industry.
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lockedWaveney navigates open mosaic challenge

The District Council has approved redevelopment of a large brownfield area despite objections over an area of "open mosaic habitat" fast disappearing under scrub.
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Ashford sprawls south-westwards

Ashford Borough Council has approved destruction of four square kilometres of farmland to make way for low-density housing development.
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Brownfield-first – but only for waste

The Government has revised rules for planning waste management facilities and presented them as a green belt protection policy.
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Lyons damns brownfield with faint praise

Labour's Lyons Housing Review has offered some very weak support for stronger brownfield policies, but strongly attacks reliance on brownfield and includes measures to encourage - or enforce - releases of greenfield housing land.
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