Category Archives: Planning news

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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Community Infrastructure Levy and permitted development

Recent talk by government about increasing the size of extensions to houses that might be allowed as permitted development might be inspiring those with intentions to build large extensions. But less inspiring is the fact that Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) … Continue reading

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Planning permission and neighbourhood plans

Parish councils and other local bodies can draw up a new type of policy document – a neighbourhood plan – which will be part of the basis for planning permission decisions. These plans are being drawn up around the country … Continue reading

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Planning appeal for replacement of demolished houses

A planning appeal (not one of ours) has been turned down to re-build two houses demolished in the 1970s. The appellant argued that government policy in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) allowed for replacement houses. The NPPF came into … Continue reading

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Autumn statement

Nothing earth shattering emerged in the Chancellor’s autumn statement for planning at the coal face. There were a couple of references to planning. The statement claimed the government has delivered a ‘root and branch reform of the planning system, reducing … Continue reading

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