Schemes blocked on sustainability terms
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has agreed with the recommendations of a planning inspector and dismissed a series of recovered appeals involving proposals for a total of nearly 6,000 new homes at three separate sites around Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Ministers announce fracking ban in National Parks, AONBs and SSSIs
The Government has formally committed to an outright ban on fracking in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in a move which strengthens existing policy.
Valued pubs to be protected
Ministers have announced proposals to change the planning regime and provide greater protection for some pubs.
Ministers commit to consultee threshold shake-out
The Government has confirmed its intention to change the thresholds at which statutory organisations like Natural England and the Highways Agency are required to be consulted on planning applications.
News round-up 28 January 2015
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