The Government has made further announcements to how the planning system should respond to the current coronavirus pandemic. There are changes to how planning applications can be publicised and determined, and changes to CIL. See a short overview on our YouTube channel.
The Ombudsman has found the decision of a Council to be defective, when they gave permission for a new house next to a cricket club. The club was hitting balls into the garden, which led to complaints and forced the club to relocate temporarily. The Ombudsman decided the Council's decision failed to properly consult and did not take into account mitigation that was needed - a net to stop the balls. This shows the importance of making your views during a planning application, and that the Council must be very careful in looking at everyone's opinions.