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The budget and planning permission

This year’s budget included a few planning permission-related announcements. There was reference to planning reforms that were going through parliament (see subsequent post). The government is working on reducing the amount of planning guidance. The results are promised in the … Continue reading

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Housing planning permissions up

Latest stats show planning permissions for new homes have gone up 60% on the same period a year ago. The numbers permitted are said to be the highest since the beginning of 2008. It remains to be seen whether this … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood planning

The first neighbourhood plan to get to the public referendum stage has just been voted through. This plan covers 16 parishes in East Cumbria. The turnout was 34% and 90% of those who voted were in favour. The final step … Continue reading

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Planning policy change in the South East

The government is revoking the regional planning policy document, the South East Plan. The revocation will take effect on 25 March. This is part of the government’s drive towards ‘localism’. Councils in the South East will have more latitude to … Continue reading

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History repeating itself

A recent clear out of the Speer Dade archives turned up an old copy of ‘Planning’ magazine dated 8th January 1999. Fascinating to see what has changed over the last 14 years but a quick scan of the mag reveals … Continue reading

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Government to give planning permission for conversion of offices to residential

The government is introducing a new permitted development which it says will come into force in spring of this year, giving planning permission for changes of use from class B1(a) (offices) to class C3 (dwelling houses). The new permitted right … Continue reading

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Planning application stats

Latest statistics for planning applications in England have just been published. They cover the quarter to September 2012. The figures show a decrease in the number applications, compared with the previous year, of 2%. About 80% of applications were approved … Continue reading

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Less information for planning applications

The government is changing the rules on what has to be included in planning applications. It will no longer make people who apply for outline planning permission show approximately where buildings would be, where the access would be and specify … Continue reading

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Planning permission for a farm mobile home

Q I’m living in a mobile home in a field, which hasn’t got planing permission, where I run an agricultural business. The council says I’ve got to apply for permission and submit an agricultural consultant’s report and then live in … Continue reading

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Planning permission for a conservatory

Q I’m selling my house and the buyer wants to build a conservatory. I’m trying to sort it out so the sale goes smoothly. Can he just go ahead and build it or does he need permission? A Houses have … Continue reading

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