The government has just published a consultation paper which contains wide-ranging proposals aimed at ‘fixing’ the planning system. These include: That there will be a greater focus on ‘placemaking’ and the ‘creation of beautiful places’. Local use plans will be simplified. They should identify three types of land – Growth areas suitable for substantial development,
The government has announced that it is going ahead with fundamental changes to the English planning system. Writing in the Sunday Times, Housing Minister Robert Jenrick MP has said that radical reforms will see, amongst other things, land designated in three new categories covering growth, renewal or protection, he announced. Development of land in the
The Government has announced that its planning policy paper, which will set ‘out its plan for comprehensive reforms of England’s planning system to better support the economy and release more land for housing in areas that need it most’, will be published later this month. Further information about the announcement is available by clicking here.
The Government has introduced several (many time-limited) reforms of the planning system which would enable certain forms of development to take place without the need for a planning application (‘permitted development’). These include permitting blocks of flats to be extended upwards by two storeys to create new homes. They also introduce a new permitted development
The Prime Minister has stated that the Government plans to “bring forward the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War”. Under what Mr Johnson MP dubbed “project speed,” planning laws would also be streamlined to encourage building. Further details are expected in the Planning White Paper, which is expected to
As part of the Coronavirus Act (2020) the government has introduced necessary changes to neighbourhood planning. Firstly, no neighbourhood planning referendums (or indeed any election or referendum) can take place until 6 May 2021. The Government has stated that this will be kept under review and may be amended or revoked in response to changing
Parish and town councils have long expressed their concerns over the automatic granting of planning permission for new homes using permitted development rights. The sharp increase in the conversion of offices in some areas is having a marked effect on essential local infrastructure – schools, roads and health services and is being felt through every
Keswick TC has passed a historic and unanimous vote of no confidence against the Lake District National Park Authority following its decision to resurface a path to make it more accessible to cyclists. Local councillors, residents and campaigners have accused the park authority of putting commercial interests ahead of the needs of people who live
In a new report the Local Government Association (LGA) warn that recent changes in planning rules which mean that barns in rural areas can be converted into up to five dwellings without planning approval, means that they are sometimes not built to high standards with the necessary infrastructure in place. For more information click here.
A total of £14 million will be loaned to Shropshire Council’s new housing company by the local authority. Robert Macey, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for housing and strategic planning, said: “It’s an extremely exciting time for the company and we now look forward to taking these two sites forward. “Shropshire currently has a housing waiting