Town and Country Planning
HPP is selected as a finalist for the Employer Award for Excellence

31 March 2015 |

We are delighted to confirm that HPP's entry Planning Matters Forums has been selected as a finalist for the Employer Award for Excellence for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015 #rtpiawards. The winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony held on Monday 6 July 2015 at the Pullman London St Pancras, hosted by The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford, the chair of our judges.

General Election 2015: Cheltenham MP candidates set out their stalls, policies at latest debate

30 March 2015 |

On 27th March, the candidates for all the political parties met together at the Queens Hotel sponsored by HPP, Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce and Cotswold BMW, to hold a debate. The speakers included;

Martin Horwood (Lib Dem), Alex Chalk (Conservative), Christina Simmonds (UKIP), Richard Lupson Darnell (Independent), Simon Pickering (Green Councillor as the Green Party Candidate unable to attend) Ruth Dooley (Accountant and Partner at Hazelwoods) , Peter Goatley (Barrister, No 5 Chambers). Paul Fong (MD HPP) chaired the event.

How to avoid annoying Inspectors at Public Inquiry

26 March 2015 |

The latest Planning Matters Forum (PMF) held on 3rd March and entitled 'Good Conduct at a Public Inquiry' was very informative and thought provoking. The speakers included a Planning Inspector (James Ellis) and a Senior Barrister specialising in planning from No 5 Chambers (Hugh Richards).

Government updates planning guidance with the aim of assisting the elderly.

23 March 2015 |

Housing and Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis, gave a statement to Parliament on 20th March 2015 confirming the recent actions that the coalition government is undertaking on housing for the elderly. These actions included strengthening planning guidance to \"reinforce [the government?s] expectation\" that councils would assess and plan to meet the diverse housing needs of older people.

Additional protection given to drinking establishments

17 March 2015 |

On 06/04/2015 an amendment to the General Permitted Development (Amendment) (England) Order 2015 relating to the change of use of drinking establishments (Class A4) will be brought into force. The objective of this amendment is to prevent the loss of such establishments, which provide benefit to local communities.

A warm welcome to our newest recruit; Adam White

17 March 2015 |

HPP wishes to extend a warm welcome to our newest recruit Adam White. Adam who joins us from Tewkesbury Borough Council, previously worked with Bovis Homes. He brings along a wealth of experience obtained in Development Control, having worked on schemes such as the large residential development within Winchcombe, a new Leisure Centre and hospital in Tewkesbury.

HPP praised for positive proactive negotiations with Parish

11 March 2015 |

HPP were successful in obtaining planning permission, subject to Legal Agreements, for the erection of 16 dwellings on land in Horsley village at Stroud Planning Committee last night. The site is particularly sensitive given the fact that it affects the setting of a listed building, forms an edge of village location and is located within the Cotswold AONB.

Negotiations, led by HPP, have been ongoing for many months, both prior to and since the application submission, between the developer, the Parish and the LPA, resulting in the evolution of the proposed scheme to reach this positive decision.

New guidance clarifying rules on permitted development rights for agricultural buildings has been added to the Planning Practice Guidance

11 March 2015 |

A new page on \"Permitted development rights for the change of use of agricultural buildings\" has been added to the section on \"When is permission required?\" This sets out to clarify when agricultural buildings can be converted under permitted development rights, and, for this purpose, defines flexible, educational or residential use classes. The new page contains ten paragraphs:

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