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29th May 2020
Likelihood of winning a planning appeal

The likelihood of being successful at appeal varies tremendously case by case, local authority by local authority, and Inspector by Inspector as the statistics for 2019/20 show.

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4th May 2020
Planning Inspectorate's Response to Covid19

The Planning Inspectorate's new procedures in response to Covid19 could change appeal procedures forever.

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20th April 2020
Housing Need in Planning Appeals

If there is a high level of housing need, the Inspector may be justified in giving greater weight to the provision of new housing, irrespective of whether or not a LPA is achieving its targets. 

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23rd March 2020
Applying the Building Better, Building Beautiful Report

There is widespread support for implementing the report's recommendations and we can all agree on certain design issues.... or can we?

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16th March 2020
Planning for the Future

Following the Chancellor’s budget last week, the Government has announced its intention to modernise the planning system with an ‘ambitious’ Planning White Paper.

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12th March 2020
The Housing Delivery Test

A change to the HDT's methodology has increased the annual housing need figure for most local authorities with a mean increase of 19 percent between 2017/18 and 2018/19.

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17th February 2020
Will Rethinking the Planning System make the Housing Delivery Test redundant?

The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) results may be irrelevant next year if the Government follow the ideas in the radical report 'Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century'.

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6th January 2020
Allowing development outside settlement boundaries

The High Court confirmed an Inspector’s discretion to allow development beyond settlement boundaries despite reasonable housing land supply.  There are five aspects of this case that will interest others considering similar cases.

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9th December 2019
How important are Design Guides in planning appeals?

With design rising up the agenda, how many planning appeals actually cite local or national design policies?  The findings are surprising.

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18th November 2019
Is the National Design Guide a planner's dream or nightmare?

The National Design Guide was published in October 2019 alongside updates to NPPG.  Is it a blessing or a curse?

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28th October 2019
Self Build Planning Appeals

The Right-to-Build-Portal provided by the NaCSBA provides an online summary that enables you to easily compare the number of people registered for self-build plots against the number of plots with planning permission in every LPA.

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2nd October 2019
Five Year Supply successfully challenged at Milton Keynes

The recently adopted Plan for Milton Keynes was found to be out-of-date with less than a five year supply of housing land, reflecting the revised definition of a deliverable site in the Feb 2019 Framework. The Inspector agreed there was some 'optimism bias' in the Council's delivery estimates.

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1st September 2019
Are previous appeals relevant?

Previous appeal decisions are relevant according to the High Court.  In a Judgment issued on 29/01/2019, the High Court ruled that an earlier appeal decision is capable of being a “material planning consideration” that must be taken into account by an appeal Inspector.

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1st August 2019
Self build supported by inspector

A recent appeal decision found that the need to meet self-build and custom-build demand outweighed conflict with the local development plan.

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12th April 2019
Latest housing need figures

The debate over whether we need any more houses can be highly emotive between appellants and objectors.  National statistics can move the debate to a more objective level.

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4th March 2019
Rosewell Report on appeal inquiries

An independent review of Planning Appeal Inquiries chaired by Bridget Rosewell OBE has made recommendations on how to make planning inquiries faster and more effective.

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15th February 2019
When is a site 'Isolated'?

Local planning authorities who refuse housing because it is 'isolated' could be in trouble given the Courts ruling on the application of this word in a planning context.

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2nd April 2018
Personal circumstances support a dwelling

Generally an appellant's personal circumstances are ignored in an appeal, but there are a small number of cases where it can be relevant.  In this case the Inspector afforded considerable weight to the exceptional medical circumstances of the appellant and his need for the proposed dwelling.

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