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England round-up: Most read stories in 2016

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of the most read planning news in England in 2016

Government wins appeal over affordable housing and small sites policy 

 The Department for Communities and Local Government has won its appeal over a ruling that a planning policy for affordable housing requirements for small-scale developments was unlawful.

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Automatic planning permission for brownfield land 

New policy announced by the government today will see automatic planning permission granted on brownfield sites in an attempt to raise the productivity of the economy.

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Holding notice issued on Birmingham's development plan

The government has issued a Holding Notice on the Birmingham Development Plan using its powers under the new Housing and Planning Act.

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2,800-homes application submitted in Worcestershire

A real estate adviser has submitted an application to both Redditch Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council for 2,800 homes on green belt land.

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2,000-home Surrey development deemed ‘inappropriate’ by planners

Planning officers at Guildford Borough Council have recommended that an outline planning application for at least 2,000 homes on a former airfield should be refused.

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