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Latest News Stories 17 July 2014

Brandon Lewis takes on planning following reshuffle
Brandon Lewis has been promoted to the post of Minister for Planning and Housing as a result of the Government reshuffle announced by David Cameron this week

Ministers to scrutinise neighbourhood plan area appeals
The Government has decided to scrutinise planning appeal cases in, or close to, neighbourhood plan areas.

Zero carbon homes: Government sets out ‘allowable solutions’
The Government has published the results of a consultation into proposals to allow house builders to meet carbon reduction targets off-site, and has outlined key aspects of the scheme that will be fleshed out further in amendments to the Infrastructure Bill, currently under scrutiny in the Lords.

Ministers respond to block on offices-to-homes conversions
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has revoked a London council’s article 4 direction designed to remove office-to-home conversion permitted development rights from much of the borough’s area.

Strategic rail freight interchange near St Albans approved
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has granted outline planning permission for the development of a major rail freight interchange at a Green Belt location in Hertfordshire. A previous decision by the SoS to refuse permission was quashed by a High Court ruling.

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