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Enlightened judgement? The case of paragraphs 14 and 49

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A Supreme Court judgment on the disputed meaning of paragraphs 14 and 49 of the NPPF suggests that the professional judgment of inspectors should play a greater role in determining the merits of applications in the absence of a five-year housing supply

As reported on page 6, the Supreme Court has issued a judgment on the disputed meanings of paragraphs 14 and 49 of the National Planning Policy framework (NPPF). Together, these paragraphs outline the conditions under which local housing policies can be overridden by the presumption in favour of sustainable development. But they have been interpreted differently in multiple legal cases.........
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