Planning cases

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Legal challenge to Bedfordshire sprawl

Luton is challenging Central Bedfordshire's approval of a massive greenfield development which will destroy 2.62km² of farmland.
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lockedCouncil varies contamination condition

A local planning authority has varied a planning condition imposed by an appeal inspector to allow demolition of buildings in a conservation area before site investigations for contamination are carried out.
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Special measures council by-pass fails

The first attempt by a developer to by-pass local authority consent at a council in "special measures" has ended in failure after an inspector rejected plans for 220 greenfield homes.
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Architects urge green belt and brownfield building

A new RIBA report says homes should be built on green belts and value uplift used to remediate contaminated land.
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lockedDisused land survey launched

Campaigners are asking the public to identify disused land.
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Government backs a new URC

A Government U-turn has seen earlier opposition to urban regeneration companies reversed and support for a new URC in Birmingham.
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New ministers give more importance to planning

Planning has been upgraded to a minister of state responsibility in DCLG's new ministerial team.
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Pickles approves green belt terminal

The communities secretary has approved a strategic rail freight interchange on the former Radlett aerodrome and the local authority is considering legal action.
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Boles cuts localism to size

Local authorities have no right to decide how many new homes their areas can accommodate says the planning minister.
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Maldon bows to Government orders

The Council is seeking suspension of local plan examination hearings after being told it has not met the Government's requirements for house building, nor for the expensive infrastructure it necessitates.
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